District Holds 4th Boundary Committee Meeting

On September 22, 2015 Waukee Community School District (WCSD) held the fourth Boundary Committee Meeting in the process to redefine the District’s attendance boundaries and allow for a balanced feeder system.

The meeting started with WCSD superintendent Dr. David Wilkerson recapping the boundary work thus far and highlighting facts about past boundary processes.

“I understand the passion behind our elementaries, but I am here to tell you that it’s all going to be ok,” Wilkerson said. “Regardless of what elementary school your child attends in Waukee, I know that they are going to receive the same outstanding education, supported by amazing staff.”

Activity 1, “What Have You Heard,” gave committee members the opportunity to discuss concerns they may have heard in their neighborhoods about the redistricting process since the last meeting on June 9.

Key topics of concern centered around feeder systems, traffic, transportation, continued use of Vince Meyer and the impact of families living a mile from a school, but being assigned to a different attendance center.

Before reviewing two working draft scenarios, Rob Schwarz with RSP & Associates asked the committee members to consider:

  • If the District is on average growing 500+ students per year, how long do you think a boundary can last?
  • There are plans for 600-900 single family homes to be built in the district this year, how long can a boundary last with this growth?
  • Think about if these proposed changes make sense, knowing that the District will be adding two new elementary buildings, one in the north and one in the south, in addition to Grant Regan in the near future. Will the plan allow for these buildings to be brought online without having to redo the entire boundary system?

Committee members spent 30 minutes at their tables analyzing each working draft scenario. They were asked to discuss their initial thoughts and then report their pros and cons for each draft.

The meeting ended with a discussion about what additional information the committee would like to see from RSP and Associates. No boundary plan was decided at the meeting.

The Comprehensive Boundary Process will include two more committee meetings and one more public forum.

The next public forum will be held on October 15 in the Waukee High School Commons, 555 SE University Avenue. Boundary scenarios will be shared at that forum and parents, citizens and staff will have the opportunity to comment. The committee will take that input, make any modifications they believe pertinent and take a final recommendation to the Board of Education on November 9. At that point individuals will again have the opportunity to provide input to the Board of Education prior to the Board taking action on December 14.

The fifth committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on October 6 at Waukee District Office, 560 SE University Ave. While these meetings are open to observers, only committee members may participate in the meetings.

About the Scenarios

Working Draft 1
Some of the reasoning for “Working Draft 1” includes utilizing some of the natural features to create elementary attendance areas and changing Shuler and Eason to a rectangle attendance area. Pros for this scenario include neighborhoods intact, follows guiding principles and no capacity issues. Cons for “Working Draft 1” includes feeder imbalance and people in the north may have to move twice.

WCSD Comprehensive Boundary Process "Working Draft 1"

WCSD Comprehensive Boundary Process “Working Draft 1″

 

Working Draft 1B
Some of the reasoning for “Working Draft 1B” includes trying to minimize elementary changes with existing boundaries and creating an attendance areas that visually make sense in relation to proximity to schools, neighborhoods and roads. Pros for this scenario includes fewer neighborhoods impacted and the south side of Eason remaining similar to current boundary. Cons for “Working Draft 1B” includes neighborhoods separated and duration of boundary and capacity issues.

WCSD Comprehensive Boundary Process "Working Draft 1B"

WCSD Comprehensive Boundary Process “Working Draft 1B”

  • To download a PDF of the full Pros and Cons list click here.

Poll Results

After discussing each working draft committees took a poll to check for understanding. Overall, the majority of committee members favored “Working Draft 1” over “Working Draft 1B.”

Elementary School Boundary “Working Draft 1” Boundary Committee Poll Results

  • Meets Board Guiding Principles:
    • 20% – Completely, 80% Mostly
  • Meets Boundary Criteria #1 – Neighborhoods Intact:
    • 33.3% Completely, 66.7% Mostly
  • Meets Boundary Criteria #2 – Projected Enrollment and Building Utilization:
    • 33.3% Completely, 66.7% Mostly
  • Meets Boundary Criteria #3 – Duration of Boundaries:
    • 13.3% Completely, 40% Mostly, 46.7% Somewhat
  • Meets Board Guiding Principles:
    • 6.7% Completely, 86.7% Mostly, 6.7% Somewhat

Secondary School Boundary “Working Draft 1” Boundary Committee Poll Results

  • Meets Board Guiding Principles:
    • 6.7% Completely, 86.7% Mostly, 6.7% Somewhat
  • Meets Boundary Criteria #1 – Neighborhoods Intact:
    • 40% Completely, 53.3% Mostly, 6.7% Somewhat
  • Meets Boundary Criteria #2 – Projected Enrollment and Building Utilization:
    • 33.3% Completely, 46.7% Mostly, 20% Somewhat
  • Meets Boundary Criteria #3 – Duration of Boundaries:
    • 7.1% Completely, 50% Mostly, 42.9% Somewhat

Presentation

  • To download a PDF of the presentation click here.
  • For the September 22 Meeting Minutes click here.
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