District Holds First Boundary Committee Meeting in Process to Redefine Attendance Boundaries
Waukee Community School District held the first Boundary Committee meeting on May 4 at Waukee District Office. The goal of the meeting was to provide information that will help guide the Boundary Committee’s discussion to redefine the District’s attendance boundaries and allow for a balanced feeder system.
The meeting started with an overview of the board workshop that was held on April 27. At the workshop the board determined the realigned boundaries should reflect the provision for maintaining quality educational opportunities at each school, allowing for an equitable student experience across the district. The board also reviewed the information gathered at the public forum held on April 14 and identified three top priorities for the committee to consider during the Comprehensive Boundary Process:
- Neighborhoods Intact (Defined as RSP planning areas)
- Projected Enrollment and Building Utilization (Balance enrollment with given building capacity constraints)
- Duration of Boundaries (Have them last as long as possible)
Rob Schwarz of RSP & Associates facilitated the meeting and asked members to think with the “End in Mind.” There are three key items that will need to be considered throughout the process:
- Enrollment in the Waukee Community School District is projected to increase over the next five years by 2,500 students
- Capacity concerns with existing elementary and high school buildings
- There are significant areas of vacant land that will have a drastic effect on future enrollment when developed
Schwarz walked committee members through enrollment, demographics and development trends. Committee members were shown how geographic information systems provide the ability to identify where students are located in relation to streets, subdivisions and parcels. Waukee Community School District student enrollment is expected to reach more than 11,000 by 2019-2020.
The meeting ended with a group activity. Committee members were asked to draw a draft of what they thought natural boundaries should look like. An important take-away from the night was the reassurance that NO plan has been created by the District Administration or RSP & Associates.
No boundary plan was decided at the meeting. The Comprehensive Boundary Process will include one more Board of Education meeting, five more committee meetings and one more public forum. The boundary process has a completion date of December 2015. The second committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 26 at Waukee District Office, 560 SE University Ave. While these meetings are open to observers, only committee members may participate in the meetings.
To download a PDF of the presentation click here.