SJSD Evaluating New School District Boundries

SJSD Evaluating New School District Boundries

The addition of two new elementary schools next fall means new lines will need to be drawn for school districts. The Board of Education wants public input on a preliminary plan has been developed. Seven schools are affected.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District Board of Education on Monday tabled a plan for new school districts to allow for more public input.

New district lines must be made due to the addition of two new elementary schools for the fall 2014-15 school year. Construction continues at Oak Grove Elementary in north St. Joseph and Carden Park Elementary in the south part of the city.

In a presentation to the board, members learned district borders for up to seven different schools would be changed to make room for the new districts. The plan uses natural borders like major streets to divide up population centers where students live to put the optimal number of students in each school.

"It's all about numbers," said Brian Shindorf, Director of Elementary Education for the St. Joseph School District. "Lots of people have suggestions and recommendations about lines based on their personal needs. At the end of the day, it's really about numbers. If we want to maintain efficiencies at the schools, we have to maintain specific numbers depending on the size of the schools."

Board members stress no matter what the final district lines might end up looking like, there will still be opportunities for parents to transfer their students to another school based on needs.

The proposed plan would place slightly more than 500 students in each of the two new elementary schools.

To see a map of the proposed new school boundaries, click here.




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