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Archive for Friday, November 12, 1999

PUBLIC INPUT WANTED ON SCHOOL BOUNDARIES

November 12, 1999

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The Lawrence school board Thursday scheduled public forums for proposed boundary changes that would adjust territories at seven elementary schools in the district.

These informal sessions offer community members a chance to ask questions and make comments about recommendations forwarded to the school board by a district committee.

The plan would alter boundaries next fall at Quail Run, Sunflower, Broken Arrow, Deerfield, Hillcrest and Wakarusa Valley schools and set a perimeter for Langston Hughes School, which is scheduled to open in August.

The meetings:

  • Deerfield, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, school cafeteria.
  • Sunflower, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23, school cafeteria.
  • Quail Run, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, school cafeteria.

The most significant adjustments recommended by the boundary committee would move more than 100 students from Quail Run to Langston Hughes and approximately 80 students from Sunflower to Broken Arrow.

About a dozen students would shift from Deerfield to Langston Hughes and a handful from Quail Run to Hillcrest.

The boundary adjustment at Wakarusa Valley involves absorption of land -- no students -- from Sunflower.

Monday, the school board voted 6-1, with Mary Loveland dissenting, on first reading to endorse the boundary committee's recommendations. Board members are expected to take final action in December.

-- Tim Carpenter's phone message number is 832-7155. His e-mail address is tcarpenter@ljworld.com.

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