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Parkway changes north area attendance boundaries

On November 2, the Parkway School Board approved a proposal to change attendance boundaries in the north area beginning in the 2012-13 school year.  Several north area elementary schools have exceeded their enrollment capacity while other schools nearby have room for more students. The north area schools involved include:

  • Craig Elementary
  • McKelvey Elementary
  • Ross Elementary
  • Northeast Middle
  • North High

Under the proposal, all students currently attending central area schools would remain at their current school.  Some students from the north attendance area would be reassigned to the central area. Those students would attend River Bend Elementary, Central Middle or Central High.

The changes will include the following neighborhoods in the manner indicated below.

Moving from Ross Elementary to River Bend Elementary:
(and Northeast Middle/North High to Central Middle/Central High)

  • Old Farm Estates (and the adjacent homes on the northwest side of Amiot)
  • Woodland Pointe

Moving from McKelvey Elementary to River Bend Elementary:
(and Northeast Middle/North High to Central Middle/Central High)

  • Pheasant Run Apartment Complex
  • Royal Pines Condominiums

Moving from Craig Elementary to Ross Elementary:
(no change to middle or high schools)

  • Driftwood Place
  • Pavilion (only the area west of Bennington)
  • West Pointe (only the area west of Bennington)

Public meetings were conducted at each the elementary schools involved in the changes to gather community feedback on the proposal. Additionally, a survey was sent to all parents in the Parkway’s north and central attendance areas in May 2111. Nearly 1,400 families participated in the survey and the feedback was used to develop the plan.

During the 2010-11 school year, a 33-member volunteer task force studied north area overcrowding as part of the Project Parkway long-range planning work. The task force studied several options to address the problem and recommended that changing boundary lines would be the best long-range option. During the summer of 2011, chairpersons of the task force joined other Project Parkway task force chairs and a team of Parkway administrators and principals to develop the final recommendation to the school board.

A website has been set up to provide a number of resources for families involved in these changes.  For answers to frequently asked questions, detailed maps of the proposed boundaries and background information, visit the Parkway website at: www.parkwayschools.net/boundaries.

A letter with more details is being mailed to all Parkway families residing in the areas listed above. Those assigned to a new school will be contacted by their principals about transition activities and other ways families can get acquainted with their new school communities.