New Elementary Boundaries - Effective 2019-2020

Elementary Boundary Adjustment Process...

Our community input period ran October 18 through October 31.

The Steering Committee last met on November 13 at 6:00 PM at North Middle School, to review the proposed changes and other possible options before endorsing a final proposal for review by the School Board. This meeting was open to the public.

A final proposal was presented to the School Board at their monthly business meeting on November 15 at 6:00 PM in the library at North Middle School. This meeting was open to the public.

The School Board approved the proposed changes to the elementary school boundaries on December 6 at 6:00 PM at their workshop at district offices. This meeting was open to the public.

The District will initiate a process to reallocate personnel within the four elementary schools as needed in January.

Our elementary schools are making transition plans for all students and families impacted by these changes in school boundaries.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Proposed Elementary Boundary Adjustments

Why change the elementary boundaries and why now?

Enrollment at Prairie Branch Elementary and Matthews Elementary is increasing and class sizes are projected to increase. Neither have the space for continued growth. Both Sni-A-Bar Elementary and Stony Point Elementary have empty classrooms and downward trending enrollment.

New home construction is on the rise within the Matthews and Prairie Branch attendance areas.

Prairie Branch Elementary has 575 students (91% capacity) and Matthews Elementary has 512 students (91% capacity), while Sni-A-Bar Elementary has 438 students (75% capacity) and Stony Point Elementary has 456 students (75% capacity). Student enrollment at Prairie Branch and Matthews has trended upward in recent years, while enrollment at Sni-A-Bar and Stony Point has trended down. The attendance areas at Prairie Branch and Matthews need to shrink and the attendance areas at Sni-A-Bar and Stony Point can grow.
The result will provide Matthews and Prairie Branch with room to grow roughly 90 students each.

What are the boundary changes?

The changes result in roughly 90 students each to transfer from Matthews to Stony Point, from Matthews to Sni-A-Bar, and from Prairie Branch to Matthews. The result will provide Matthews and Prairie Branch with room to grow roughly 90 students each over the next 6-10 years.

A map with the boundary adjustments is attached and is available on our website under the FOR FAMILIES tab. A link is also available from our Grain Valley Schools App. This map captures the middle area of our school district directly impacted by the boundary changes.

Why not build another elementary school?

The district has 1981 students in Kindergarten through fifth grades and our four elementary schools are at a combined capacity of 83%. This is an enrollment increase of 162 elementary students since 2009, an average increase of 18 students per year. We are 180 elementary students away from being at 90% capacity, which is our marker for when we would need an additional elementary school. Based on the growth over the past nine years, it could be 10 years before we need elementary #5. Even if elementary #5 is needed sooner, more space is needed at Matthews and Prairie Branch now and we have the space within the district.

How will the district help ensure a smooth transition for children and families?

We are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for each child impacted by the change. With all of the growth over the years, our district has a long history of boundary adjustments and in working with our families on those changes.

Matthews, Sni-A-Bar, and Stony Point will each host an event for in-coming students during the school day yet this school year, plus host a family event. Each receiving school would also work with transitioning families to address individual needs on a case by case basis.

We recognize the importance of this transition and will work to make it as smooth as possible for everyone involved. Families of any child who is struggling with the change in boundaries should notify their current principal, assistant principal, or school counselor so school staff can work to address any individual needs.

What about middle school boundaries?

An adjustment was made to our middle school boundaries in 2016 and that adjustment continues to be adequate. No further changes are needed to the middle school boundaries at this time.

These elementary boundary adjustments address a long-standing concern that some Matthews students go on to North Middle School while others go to South Middle School. Under the elementary boundary changes, the new Matthews boundary is all within that of North Middle School. Matthews neighborhoods currently within the boundary for South Middle School will attend Stony Point or Sni-A-Bar beginning in the fall of 2019 and go on to middle school with all of their elementary classmates. 
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