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Written by JOE POIRIER   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:40

District to propose two new options for elementary schools parents’ input during August registration

    The task of finalizing the attendance boundaries for elementary school students by September is underway as the School Board assesses its redistricting options.
    The School District is faced with having to reassign students to schools because of a $39.9 million school improvement plan approved by voters in April that calls for the demolition of Grafton Elementary School and the expansion of Woodview and Kennedy.
    Current Grafton Elementary School students will be assigned to other schools for the 2018-19 school year, but other elementary school students will also be affected.
    The challenges for the district include balancing the number of students between the two schools, planning the busing routes and determining the travel times for parents.
    At a July 24 School Board meeting, two new options were presented along with a previous plan. Options C and D primarily use Washington Street as the north-to-south border with Woodview to the north and Kennedy to the south.
    Option C was considered by the School Board to be the least disruptive for families but it has slightly longer route times. The plan divides its attendance border east to west along Cheyenne Avenue from Washington Street to Falls Road.
    Option D also uses Washington Street as its boundary but it doesn’t include room for a number of students who live west of First Avenue to attend Kennedy Elementary School.
    “Both options decrease route times but we displace a lot of students,” Supt. Jeff Nelson said.
    The third option presented at the meeting uses the Milwaukee River as a natural boundary, with students living to the west attending Woodview and students to east of the river going to Kennedy. That plan was dismissed by the School Board.
    Nelson said he and the district’s busing provider, Riteway, have consulted with the village and town planners to estimate the future growth and lot inventory to help draft the attendance maps. He also said that open enrollment students are not taken into account with the current plans.
    The School Board said it will present options C and D to parents during registration on Aug. 9 and10 in order to hear their input. The district plans to finalize its decision at an Aug. 28 School Board meeting.
    “We want have an option that has long term value for our families,” Nelson said.

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