More Feedback Given At Third Wayzata School Boundaries Meeting
The last of three public meetings on school attendance boundaries had the largest turnout yet.
With hundreds of people in attendance and the largest turnout yet, the third public meeting for Wayzata school attendance boundaries yielded plenty of comments.
Two new scenarios were provided for community members put in groups of five to eight people discussed what they liked about those scenarios, any suggestions on changes and things they want to make sure remain unchanged.
The meeting on Nov. 5 at Central Middle School provided the district one last chance to get public input in a large in-person setting, but people can still give their input online.
In total, the district has put forth six scenarios for proposed elementary school attendance boundary changes. The first two scenarios were shown at an October Wayzata School Board work session and reworked before any public input meetings.
Scenarios 3 and 4 facilitated discussion at the Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 public input meetings. The suggestions, concerns and discussion from those nights were written down on small papers and large papers taped up on the walls of the CMS cafeteria. This was done at all three meetings with a brief run down of running themes from what was posted on the walls at the end of the meeting.
All written comments are public record, and along with the online input given thus far, compiled by district staff. All the input helped the internal staff team and consultant Dennis Cheesebrow with Teamworks International to rework the proposed scenarios. The district then presented scenarios 5 and 6 on Nov. 5 to find what, if any, improvements were done or what else needed to be tweaked.
At the end of the Nov. 5 meeting, Cheesebrow went over what themes and overall feedback he found in common among the small group discussions. Cheesebrow said he had heard more positive feedback then before and there had been quite a bit of buzz around scenario 5.
Now the feedback from the third meeting and anything else that is collected online, emailed, mailed or sent to the district will be further compiled and used for the last part of the decision-making process with the School Board.
Board meetings on Monday, Nov. 26, and Monday, Dec. 10, have been scheduled for further work, discussion and possible approval of attendance boundary changes.
(Editor's Note: You can view the graphics for the proposed scenarios and current attendance boundaries with this article. The video with this post is the overview from the end of the Nov. 5 public input meeting.)