Archive for Friday, September 7, 2012

Boundary change to be discussed

September 7, 2012


The Lawrence school board may change a district boundary on Monday after months of consideration.

The change would affect the Deerfield School neighborhoods north of Peterson Road and east of Kasold Drive, including the area east of Iowa Street and north of Interstate 70 extending to the Kansas River. Parents brought the issue to the board in May, but rules dictated that action couldn’t be taken then. If the proposal passes Monday, the attendance boundaries for Liberty Memorial Central and West middle schools will change starting in the 2013 school year.

The change would mean that all Deerfield students would move up to West rather than some to West and some to Liberty Memorial Central. That rule was put into place because of overcrowding at West, but the construction of Southwest Middle School alleviated that problem, opening up a change back to a Deerfield-to-West plan. The neighborhood is closer to West than to Liberty Memorial Central.

The board will also vote on whether to accept a plan from Gould Evans Associates for pre-election planning on its proposed bond issue. The plan breaks up the hours consultants will spend putting together materials in support of the bond, which the district hopes to use to renovate elementary schools and improve technology.

Gould Evans says the pre-election plans come to a total of $120,180 in costs for hours spent researching needs, interviewing stakeholders and putting together an architectural proposal.

The district plans to have the bond issue on an April ballot. It hired Gould Evans last month.

The school board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 110 McDonald Drive.


Chris Phillips 5 years, 4 months ago

It's about time! Both of my kids went to Deerfield, and one is currently going to West while the other is already moved up to Free State. We had to submit a request for an exemption for both kids so that they could move up to Middle School with their classmates rather than throw them into a Middle School where they did not know anyone, then 3 years later change their entire social structure again by moving them back to go to school with kids they knew from Deerfield. We were fortunate that most applications of this nature were accepted, but still a waste of time if the boundries are disregarded so easily. I am sure they would have gotten some benefit by encouraging them to branch out and make new friends, but to destabilize their social network twice in 3 years at that age, in my opinion, does more harm than good.

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