Boundaries Discussion Suspended Until Fall 2018
The following is a message from Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools
Dear Westside families and stakeholders:
I would like to inform you that, after discussions with individual Board of Education members, district leadership has decided to push the reset button on any decisions regarding adjustments to our elementary attendance area boundaries. We will suspend the work of the Boundary Committee until September of 2018. The BOE will not vote on this issue this Spring (of 2018). Any BOE vote will be taken after a Boundary Discussion Engagement Process is complete in September and October of 2018.
The Board and I will be meeting in coming weeks to establish our priorities and objectives moving forward. In August, you will be receiving by mail and email a timeline of events as we restart the Boundary Discussion Engagement Process. This process, beginning in September, will include committee meetings, engagement sessions, and a Town Hall meeting. If the BOE decides to move forward with a boundary modification, I will share the anticipated date of such a Board vote.
Among the changes we foresee in discussions this fall: we intend to add to our Boundary Planning Committee with members from each school community including district patrons with older or no children, those with pre-school age children, and patrons with elementary age students, along with district staff members. We will also be collecting new and updated demographic data on our neighborhood and district populations.
Our intent in this process remains the same: to maximize student achievement and engagement, to ensure the safety of all students, to maintain our neighborhood communities, to optimize physical assets, and to balance District enrollment. We have heard your messages that you wanted to be more engaged in this process, and we intend to do that as we restart this discussion next September.