USD 383 board to consider proposed redistricting map

By Bryan Richardson

USD 383 board members will consider a proposed redistricting of elementary schools Wednesday. The meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. at the Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz.

The district lines are being redrawn to accommodate Lee Elementary’s new status as a large elementary school. The new district map, produced following a process that has lasted for several months, will be implemented for the next school year.

A committee of parents, educators and district officials formulated the map that the full board will consider Wednesday. If that map is approved, the following neighborhoods would be assigned to each school (with additions in parenthesis):

Amanda Arnold: Arbor, CiCo Park, Claflin West, Lee Mill, Miller Ranch, S Anderson, Sharingbrook, West Kimball, Westbank.

Bluemont: Blue River, Bluehills, Bluemont N, Flinthills, Tuttle Cove (Deep Creek North, Deep Creek South, Dempsey, Fairmont, KS-177, KS-177 South, Lafayette, Lake Elbo, McDowell Creek, Military Trail, Moritz, Pillsbury Crossing, US-24 North, US-24 South, Zeandale).

Frank Bergman: Candlewood, Cedar Creek, Colbert Hills, Fort Riley South, Little Kitten North, Manhattan Ave. South, Marlatt West, Redbud, Riverchase, Tuttle Creek Blvd. West (Amherst).

Lee: College Heights, Garden Way, Grandview, Jardine, Scenic Dr. E, West Anderson, Westwood (Brookville, Colonial Gardens, Country Meadows, Pebblebrook).

Marlatt: Browning S, Hillview, Meadowood, Rogers, Sargent, Seaton, Seth Child North, Tatarrax (Rocky Ford, Tuttle Creek Blvd., Valleywood).

Northview: Blue Valley, Butterfield, Dix, Knox, Nelson’s Landing, Northview.

Ogden: Airport, Eureka, K-18 South, Ogden, Random Woods (Sunrise West).

Theodore Roosevelt: Poyntz West, Stagg Hill East, Stagg Hill West.

Woodrow Wilson: Downtown, Green Valley N, Green Valley S, Timber Creek, Timber Creek East.

The plan moves 388 elementary students (11.8 percent) and 45 middle school students (1.4 percent).

If the board accepts the first reading, the recommendation would be up for final approval at the Feb. 1 school board meeting.

The school board will also consider whether to adopt an advisory period at Manhattan High for the 2012 spring semester. The purpose of the advisory time would be to provide personalized time for teachers to work with individual students or students in small groups.

The advisory period would be scheduled for 21 minutes, once every two weeks, as an extension of 4th hour. This requires the reduction of each period by three minutes.

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