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2014-2016 Elementary School Boundary Revisions

2014-2015, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 and Beyond

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my child(ren) be attending school?

By the 2016-2017 school year, all elementary students will be attending school in a new or like-new school building. Some students began transitioning to their new school during the 2014-2015 school year. Others transitioned at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, with the final set of revisions taking place at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Based on your home address, your school assignments can be found by accessing the school viewer at:   

Enter an address into the 'Enter an address here' box at the top left-hand corner of the map area - next to the magnifying glass. The map will automatically zoom to the address and list the schools a child living at that address will attend during the 2016-2017 school year. The 'Help' link in the top right-hand corner of the page will help answer any questions you might have about using the new tool.

Those elementary school students affected by the final phase of boundary changes will receive a letter during the Summer of 2016 indicating their school of attendance for the 2016-2017 school year. 

If you wish to see actual attendance boundaries for additional years, click on "View School Zones" at very top left hand side of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear to help you select the map year of your choice.

Why did the District look at elementary boundaries?

Since the passage of a bond issue in 2012, the South-Western City School District has been rebuilding or renovating all of its elementary schools. During this process, the District has built a new elementary school (Bolton Crossing) across the street from Holt Crossing Intermediate School, will be demolishing/closing North Franklin Elementary School, and has merged East Franklin and Finland Elementary Schools into one building. This, coupled with space in the new buildings for all-day everyday kindergarten, which was implemented at the start of the 2015-2016 school year, is what caused the need to revisit the elementary school boundaries.

What process was used to arrive at new elementary school boundaries?

Beginning in March 2013, a boundary planning team started looking at current and projected building enrollment, building capacities and areas of growth within district boundaries. Boundary planning and school board decision-making parameters were reviewed with input from parents and staff members in May 2013. The parameters included: a) attempt to keep neighborhoods together; b) maintain consistency of feeder system; c) minimize student movement; d) utilize natural boundaries; e) provide opportunities for growth; f) work toward achieving socio-economic balance; g) maximize transportation efficiency; and h) minimize change to original attendance areas.

In October 2013, four community meetings were held to give stakeholders the opportunity to review three draft boundary proposals and share their insights into various geographical areas within the District.

In January 2014, the final proposed map was posted on our District Web site, accompanied by an online survey, to give the community another opportunity for input. An evening map viewing was held, encouraging parents to view individual attendance zones, speak with a member of the Boundary Planning Team, and take the online or paper survey. Comments from the survey were reviewed and some additional changes were made to the boundary revision map.

On February 10, 2014, a proposal to address boundary revisions was presented to and accepted by the South-Western City School District Board of Education. The 2014 proposal addressed only the elementary schools, as it was not necessary to revise any intermediate, middle or high school boundaries since they were all within acceptable occupancy levels.

Boundary revisions and changes have been phased in over the course of three years to coincide with the opening of the new elementary school buildings. The last elementary boundary revisions will be in place for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

The geographic imagery utilized in this application is provided by ESRI ArcGIS Online. The satellite photos are the same as those used by Google Earth or Bing search engines. Images may be six to twelve months behind the current physical status of the property based on the last time ArcGIS received updated satellite photos. South-Western City School District does not maintain these images internally and has no control over their appearance or availability within the application.