Elementary Boundary Adjustment Approved

Elementary Boundary Adjustment Approved
Posted on 12/07/2018
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The school district is proceeding with an adjustment to elementary school boundaries that will take effect next fall. Under the approved changes, roughly 90 students from Prairie Branch and roughly 180 students at Matthews will change schools next fall. The result will provide Matthews and Prairie Branch with room to grow roughly 90 students each in the years leading up to the need for elementary #5. 

The School Board approved the boundary adjustments at their workshop on December 6.  The boundary changes take effect beginning with the 2019-2020 school year and include the following provisions, based on input from our families, .  

  • All students entering grades 1-5 next fall who are impacted by the change in boundaries will attend an orientation at their new school during the school day, together with the other students making the transition, in January 2019. Each sending school will communicate this trip with families ahead of time.
  • Matthews, Sni-A-Bar, and Stony Point will also each host an event for in-coming families yet this winter.
  • Next year's 5th grade students impacted by the boundary changes may remain at their current school. Parents/guardians would be responsible for providing transportation. A process for families to communicate a request for next year’s 5th grade students to remain at their current school will be shared in December.  
  • School personnel will work with any student experiencing difficulty with the transition and will personalize the experience to address concerns and anxious feelings. Parents or guardians are encouraged to communicate with their current principal, assistant principal, or counselor, any concerns that may be unique to their child or situation to be considered prior to planning for school visits in January.

A map of the elementary boundary adjustments is available on the grainvalleyschools.org website.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Snow wrote to impacted families in November stating, "There are many positive benefits for our students and families that come with growth, but asking our elementary students to change schools is not one of them. Thankfully, we have dedicated and caring teachers and school leaders at all of our schools and we are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for your child, and for you."

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