Mr. Lundeen distributed information containing maps of the current middle school zones, and each of the three proposed attendance boundaries developed by the Redistricting sub committees.
Dawn Stansberry, Chairperson for Committee A, presented the proposed attendance boundaries developed by Committee A.
Cindy Warren, Chairperson for Committee B, presented the proposed attendance boundaries developed by Committee B.
Sharon Klabbe, Chairperson for Committee C, presented the proposed attendance boundaries developed by Committee C.
Superintendent Dearing presented his proposed attendance boundaries, developed with the intent to stay within the guidelines of the two standard deviations of the parameters set for the committees, as well as trying to move the least number of students possible. He said he began with Committee B's plan, however, his plan would move only 922 students and student population among the schools by 117 total students, which is fewer students than the other proposals. The end result is school populations as follows: Haile Middle School - 879; Braden River Middle School - 838; Johnson Middle School - 923; Harllee Middle School - 955; Lee Middle School - 844; moves a total of 843 students; and all students, except Dan Nolan Middle School, are within 117 students of being equalized in population. Dr. Dearing noted that his proposals fall within the guidelines with the exception of two factors: the new Johnson Middle School zone results in 1.3 percent too high of the two standard deviations on the low socioeconomic status, and 1.3 percent too few gifted population. He said one of the reasons he does not mind making that recommendation is because of the plan of Roy Larson (Principal at Johnson Middle School) to make Johnson Middle School an International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet School; and when that magnet school opens, there should not be a problem with either of those two statistics. The Superintendent explained that the alternative would be to move an entire neighborhood into the Johnson Middle School boundary, which he is reluctant to do for the sake of 1.3 percent and knowing what the future growth of that school will be, with the plan for the IB magnet. He further noted that his plan would allow for growth at all of the district's middle schools.
Mr. Brunner queried the Superintendent's intentions with regard to grandfathering students.
Dr. Dearing responded that the rising eighth-grade students would apply to Choice to grandfather at their current school if they choose to stay there. In addition, if there are siblings involved during that first year of grandfathering, they are allowed to stay in their current school (through School Choice process during a special Choice period) as well. He pointed out transportation is not provided in those situations.