MVR-III Board of Education Approves Redistricting of Elementary Boundary Lines
Redistricting of Elementary Attendance Boundaries - For several years, the district has explored the feasibility of adjusting the boundaries for the elementary attendance areas to better utilize available space and meet the enrollment needs of the district. The administration has engaged the community through multiple informational sessions, including the most recent meeting on January 7, 2019, for which families of current students who would be impacted by a boundary change received a direct invitation to attend and to participate in a survey. Approximately 140 current students from 100 households will be impacted by the redistricting proposal. The general feedback from families who will be impacted was support for redistricting effective for the 2019-20 school year, but with a strong desire for the board to establish grandfathering provisions that allow students to remain enrolled in their current school. As such, the school board approved the following boundary adjustments as presented by the administration for the 2019-20 school year and subsequent years with the following grandfather provisions:
For Zitzman & Nike Elementary School, move Nike Elementary attendance boundary lines North and West on Highway N (Bend Road) to the Meramec River Bridge, and on Highway F North and East to the Highway F Meramec River Bridge. The Cattails subdivision, Autumn Lakes subdivision, Lake Tekawitha, McNamee School Road and Hwy N/Old Bend Road will be included in the Nike attendance area.
For Coleman & Robertsville Elementary, move Robertsville Elementary attendance boundary line west along and including Highway O and everything South from the Highway AT intersection. Also, Highway AM, St. Mary’s Loop, Woods Road, and Red Barn will be included in the Robertsville attendance area.
Grandfather Provisions: Students currently enrolled at Coleman and Zitzman Elementary will be allowed to maintain enrollment at that elementary school under the following guidelines:
1. Transportation will become the responsibility of the parent/guardian for a student that is allowed to continue enrollment at an elementary school outside of the board designated attendance boundary. MVR-III will only provide transportation to and from the elementary school assigned to a boundary area, unless otherwise provided in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
2. Immediate siblings of students who qualify for this grandfather provision who are not currently enrolled in school will also be grandfathered as long as continuous enrollment occurs. Continuous enrollment means that more than one child is attending the elementary school at the same time. This provision is designed to avoid an unnecessary hardship on the family. If there is a break in continuous enrollment, all siblings will be required to attend the school designated for their attendance area.
3. A Notice of Intent to enroll under this grandfather provision must be submitted to the current building principal or the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Mr. Tom Sauvage, by Friday, March 1, 2019. All families impacted by the change in boundaries will receive direct
notification along with a Notice of Intent Form no later than January 31, 2019. This notification will be sent to the mailing address on file for each student. Families who do not submit the Notice of Intent by March 1, 2019, will not be able to utilize this grandfather provision.
4. Students who do not qualify under these grandfather provisions can be considered for attendance outside their boundary area under the district transfer policy, policy JCB.
5. The school board reserves the right to amend or eliminate these grandfather provisions as needed should the district face unexpected changes in enrollment, funding, or other unforeseen hardships.
Restructuring of Grade Configurations:
The decision to adjust these boundary lines comes after the December school board approval of a proposal to reconfigure grade assignments of existing K-8 buildings for the 2019-20 school year. Starting next year, the five elementary schools will serve grades K-4, the current Meramec Valley Middle School campus will serve all 5th and 6th grade students, and the Riverbend School campus will serve all 7th and 8th grade students.
MVR-III superintendent, Dr. John Mulford, shared, “First and foremost, the decision to restructure grade configurations along with the adjustment of the elementary attendance lines will give us the ability to make some adjustments, which are good for kids, in our overall programming. We will gain some efficiencies in staffing, we will be able to better utilize all spaces across the district more efficiently, and these changes will allow us to expand exploratory programming at the middle grades.”
In the near future, parents/guardians of current 4-6 grade students will be receiving a letter that provides additional information about grade reconfiguration for next school year, 2019-20. In addition, the district administration will be planning some open house events later this spring to give parents and students an opportunity to tour the facility they will attend next year.
Parents/Guardians who have questions should feel free to contact their current building principal.