POLL: Looking At Wayzata School Proposed Boundary Changes
What do you think about the proposed Wayzata elementary school boundary changes?
Much discussion on boundary changes has occupied the time of families in the Wayzata School District these days.
Whether you are for or against one of the scenarios being proposed, see tweaks with proposals so far or think things don't need to be changed, many parents and community members have opinions on the topic.
A Wayzata School Board work session Nov. 26 at Wayzata Central Middle School yielded a seventh scenario proposal and comments from a large number of parents and community members that gathered there.
Parents with signs varying on themes of "Keep our School Local" "Greenwood Yes - Oakwood No," "We've Moved Once" and more could be seen at the Monday night meeting. Many of the sign holders were from one or more neighborhoods include the Spring Meadows neighborhood, who say they would be negatively impacted by the proposed Scenario 7.
One parent from the group contacted Patch saying the latest scenario would have hers and other Spring Meadow kids going past three other elementary schools to get to Oakwood Elementary from having been at Greenwood previously. The group wanted to draw attention to this move because it didn't make sense to them. The fear for parents was under scenario 7 their children could spend an additional 30 hours a year on the bus. (See map of Scenario 7 with this article.)
Chairman Jay Hesby acknowledged the concerns of the group and others who spoke at the meeting. The work session was another chance to engage the community and discuss the proposed changes that could possibly go into effect for the next school year.
The district thanked everyone for their feedback and reviewed its proposal process to date noting that class size guidelines must be met and that addressing middle school populations were next on the list after elementary school changes were made.
Balancing schools, maintaining current schools, making adjustments for development and decisions for right-sizing schools are all part of the district's process. Like it has been previously stated, district officials do not feel data supports opening a new school.
All the input given from school board members, the public and staff at the work session is now being compiled and part of the ongoing process for creating proposed attendance boundary changes. Anyone and everyone have the opportunity to provide online feedbackabout Scenario 7 until Friday, Nov. 30.
Any further modified recommendations will be given to the School Board at its regular meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, for possible approval. If anything is approved at that time, the planning process will begin for implementing a new enrollment balancing and attendance area and creating transition plans immediately.
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(Editor's Note: What do you think of the proposed scenarios for attendance boundary changes so far? Take our poll below and/or write in the comments below to share with us.)
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