In less than two months, our kids will know where they will be attending school in 2019. Have you been following along? I really haven't until now when I was trying to figure out what was going with the meeting tonight. Digging through the district page, I did find one little nugget. Whoever was on the 2012 elementary school redistricting committee should give themselves a pat on the back. Turns out the schools have a pretty decent socioeconomic balance six years later. Wonder how that happened.....
That's some pretty good balance. Can't do much about the lower schools because they're in new development areas with expensive housing although that may or may not change. I'm not sure how the maps are being done with this process if the district officially has a paid demographer assisting just on this like last time. The notes from the 8/27 meeting note that there was an RFP floating around. Somehow the district set up a platform for you to follow along and read comments from folks on the committee. This might give a hint of what is going on and I found a few of them interesting especially this one.
Perusing the 8/27 meeting handouts, here are were the kids live in the district.
Here's where the future kids live (note, I don't live in a red tract so it's not all my fault).
Keep in mind data from the same handout pointed out that only 40-45% of these kids will stay in the district by the time they graduate.
That was pretty much the highlight of the first meeting.
The September 10th meeting looks like they played with high school boundaries. Looking at the maps and results, it looks like nothing really is going change. A kid who lives in the Thousand Oaks area at 435 and 45 is going to be stuck on a bus with no chance to ever bike or walk to school. That won't ever change either with the planned future Car Hill East High School. Here are the different scenarios.
Now understand when these boundaries were done in the 90's, MO 152 wasn't done. Now, someone living along the north end of Union Chapel Road is put on a bus and driven twice as far to PHS and even maybe right by PH on the highway. Again, us taxpayers will be stuck with busing costs when the third high school (Car Hill East) is built and the environmental footprint of a bunch of engine exhaust.
Looking over the 9/26 meeting handouts, it appears that B, C, and E were all prefered and A which would reduce some busing issues falls off (for now?).
Statistically I don't see the difference at this point between the top three. Part of me would like that boundary to shift north so my kids would go to south. They could safely bike to school using the Line Creek Trail and I wouldn't have to haul their hineys there at 6AM in the morning for practices or pick them up at night. The bad thing is there is only one way in and out of south which is very unsafe and awful design for getting in and out of a complex not to mention crammed right up against two freeways. We had people making bad choices in the 90's on school locations. I guess it's tradition.
The next set of maps are the middle school maps. I'm not sure what link I used to get this PDF but I found a link to an interactive map which I copied as my own and didn't modify below. The one made by the district wasn't shareable. Click the little icon in the upper left and you can change scenarios. I'll post them in their own pictures below because that might be easier for some to toggle. One thing to note, these maps line up with a variation of scenario A of the high school maps. There is a note that these are to be feeders and no changes to the high schools which seems like a backward way to do it rather than doing elementary schools first and working up.
Note that a demographer is noted with helping with these options because some variation of GIS is being used to create the data.
These look like Illinois congressional district maps but that's what is going to happen when you concentrate all of your middle and high schools on the eastern fringe of the district. It appears the middle school maps will be finalized tomorrow but remember you have an opportunity to comment right before Thanksgiving so the school board can approve them at their December meeting.
Lastly, it took from November of 2011 till April of 2012 to finish the elementary school redistricting the last time and looking at the data from the first meeting, things turned out well except Tiffany Ridge has had more new housing than anticipated. What quality of elementary school maps are we going to get if there's only 64 days between today and the school boards December 13th scheduled meeting?