Boundary Committee Narrows Elementary to Two Options

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MIDDLETON–The Internal Attendance Boundary Committee voted to advance two of the remaining three elementary options, with modifications, to the Board of Education at their meeting on Nov. 6 at Kromrey Middle School.

Modifications to Option D3.1, now called D3.1.3, and Option D3.7, now called D3.7.2, were approved by the majority of the committee. The committee decided the third option, A1, which was also shared at the two community forums, would not be advanced.

The Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) Board of Education is expected to discuss the committee's suggestions at its first meeting in December. The board plans to vote at its second meeting in December or in January about the new elementary boundaries, which will go into effect for the 2020-21 school year.

Summary of Options

Option D3.1.3: Establishes a Pope Farm attendance area made up of Neighborhoods 24, 25, 26S, 26N (a change from D3.1), 62, 63W, 63E, 64, and 65N (except Brassington plat). Option D3.1.3 would also shift Neighborhoods 7, 10 and 11 from Northside to Sauk Trail, 16W from Elm Lawn to Northside, 37E from Sunset Ridge to Northside, and 38 from Park to Sunset Ridge. Option D3.1.3 has no other neighborhood changes from current elementary school assignments.

Option D3.7.2: Establishes the same Pope Farm attendance area as Option D3.1.3, described above. Option D3.7.2 would also shift Neighborhoods 68 and 69 from Elm Lawn to Sauk Trail, 37E from Sunset Ridge to Northside, and 38 from Park to Sunset Ridge. Option D3.7.2 has no other neighborhood changes from current elementary school assignments.

Before making suggested modifications to the options and voting, the committee spent approximately 40 minutes discussing the feedback that was shared with them from the community forums and online feedback provided since the last meeting on Oct. 7. The committee received all of the forum feedback, along with a summary of the feedback, on Nov. 1.

There were no updates to potential middle school scenarios. The committee will look at potential middle school scenarios based on the two remaining elementary options at its meeting on Nov. 20.

MCPASD Director of Communications Perry Hibner also reviewed new feedback received via the online form since Oct. 16. He noted there were approximately 120 new responses with close to half coming from Neighborhoods 68-69. The three areas that have provided the most feedback are Neighborhood 7, Neighborhoods 54-58 and Neighborhoods 68-69.

The committee, which is made up of more than 20 residents, most with children in MCPASD schools, has met 13 times since convening in March. It reviewed and suggested five original options to elementary boundaries and made suggested modifications resulting in more than 20 options total. It has also reviewed more than 270 pieces of unique feedback from an online form the District developed along with hearing from approximately 150 residents who attended one of two community forums in late October.

"The committee has done an incredible job,'' Director of Communications Perry Hibner said. ''We have more than 70 neighborhoods in our district and they have tried to make sure that every neighborhood potentially impacted has had a voice in the process. They did their due diligence, while also realizing there is no option they could have presented that would have met each of the eight criteria set forth by the district.''

Hibner said the district has made a handful of changes to elementary boundaries over the past two decades but hasn't taken a comprehensive look at changing boundaries since Sunset Ridge Elementary School and Glacier Creek Middle School opened in 1996. 

Currently, 71 percent of students attend the elementary school closest to their home. Each of the options being forwarded to the school board will increase that number to around 82 percent. Fewer than 20 percent of students will change schools with about 70 percent of those attending the new Pope Farm Elementary School.

"We know the vast majority of our families love their current elementary school,'' Hibner said. "We also know that we have great schools and the students and families who do change schools will have a great experience in their new environment. We will make sure those transitions are as smooth and seamless as possible.''

Please visit mcpasd.k12.wi.us to view the presentation from the Nov. 6 meeting, videos and documents shared with members. 

 

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