Boundaries, busing set for 2009-10 school year

       Boundary and transportation changes were approved by the District 11 Board of Education April 22 - a decision that finalizes the greatly altered Westside public school mix for the 2009-10 school year.
LEFT: District 11’s 2008-09 middle school attendance area map (western portion), includes the “detached areas” – Holland Park (the northerly yellow patch) whose students are bused past Holmes Middle School to attend West Middle School, and Pulpit Rock (purple patch at top near Woodman Road), whose students are bused to Holmes. RIGHT: The school board-approved middle school attendance area for 2009-10, which has no detached areas and gives Holmes Holland Park. Note: With the reductions in West’s attendance area geography, the potential students from its area will drop from 444 this year to 298 next year.
Courtesy of School Disstrict 11

       The action, made necessary by the board's vote for a reutilization plan in February, includes the loophole that students in fifth, seventh and eighth grades who find themselves in new attendance areas can still go to their old schools under a “grandfather” clause. On the Westside, this would apply to students in Holland Park, who have been reassigned from West to Holmes Middle School; students in Kissing Camels, reassigned from Howbert to Chipeta Elementary; and students west of Centennial Boulevard, reassigned from Jackson to Chipeta. Students can also permit into schools they want to go to if there is room.
       The changes follow up on the reutilization plan that included closing four Westside schools (Pike, Buena Vista, Washington and Whittier) after this school year, having the latter three come together in 2009-10 to form the new Westside Elementary (as it's to be called during its first year) inside the West Middle School building, dividing Pike's students between Jackson and Bristol, and creating an all-Montessori school (the program is now part of a “dual-track” offering at Buena Vista) in the Washington building.
       Here is a list of the Westside boundary changes:
       Westside Elementary - define as the former Whittier attendance area east of 30th Street, all of the former Buena Vista area and the former Washington area north of Highway 24 and west of I-25.
       Midland - add the former Washington area south of Highway 24.
       Howbert - add the former Whittier area west of 30th Street and the former Pike area south of Fillmore Street, west of Centennial Boulevard (its future extension) and north of Broadview Place.
       Bristol - add the former Pike area south of Van Buren Street.
       Jackson - add the former Pike area north of Van Buren Street, subtract the area west of Centennial.
       Chipeta - add the Kissing Camels area from Howbert, and the area west of Centennial from Jackson.
       Here is a list of the Westside transportation changes:
       West K-5 - No transport.
       Midland - Same as now, plus the new area from Washington south of Highway 24.
       Howbert - Same as now, plus that portion of the former Whittier area west of Redrock Avenue.
       Bristol - Same as now, plus the former Pike area south of Van Buren Street.
       Jackson - Transport the former Pike area north of Van Buren Street.
       Chipeta - Same as now, plus the Kissing Camels area from Howbert, and the area west of Centennial from Jackson.
       Washington - Non-transported.
       West - Transport the area south of Highway 24 (same as now).
       The board vote also directs the D-11 policy committee to “review and update the district's permits policy and regulation and to consider adding preference for permits for: students moved because of boundary changes, students based on the length of time that they have previously been enrolled in the school and in-district students before out-of-district students.”
       The approved changes were based on recommendations from school administrators and the volunteer ad hoc boundary and transportation committees, as well as on several public meetings in March and a board work session April 8 and public hearing April 15. The only board change April 22 from the four pages of staff recommendations was in regard to the Chipeta/ Trailblazer attendance areas, with the administration asked to “re-examine” those boundaries to try to equalize the enrollment (there are almost 100 more students currently at Chipeta).

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