Overtime, it’s common for enrollment trends to shift. This means districts have to consider boundary changes to best serve students and to alleviate space issues. For several years, Waterloo Schools has been monitoring enrollment by building and discussing potential boundary changes.
On August 25, 2014, the Board of Education approved proposed boundary changes to take effect beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Adjusting a building’s enrollment to be reasonably close to the desired capacity allows the building and staff to function more efficiently, thus providing a better education for students. The proposed changes were adopted so the Board can take steps to keep the enrollment at its eleven elementary schools more evenly balanced and in line with the desired capacities at each building.
Several elementary attendance zone areas have been modified so that students from those areas will attend other schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year. This has been accomplished by using PLANWARE, our district attendance and boundary software. PLANWARE uses smaller segments of school attendance zones called “planning areas” to study options and make decisions.
In August 2014, parents of students in the modified planning zones received a boundary change letter notifying them of the proposed changes and giving them the opportunity to attend the August
25, 2014 board meeting to express their opinions about the proposed changes.
– Kittrell will gain students from Lou Henry and Kingsley.
– Lincoln will gain students from Becker.
– Cunningham will gain students from Highland, Lowell and Irving.
-Orange will gain students from Poyner and Lou Henry.
-Irving will gain students from Kingsley.
-Highland will gain students from Lowell and Poyner.
a) take effect beginning with the 2015-16 school year
b) will not impact children already attending buildings. Students living in proposed boundary
change areas and already attending elementary schools can stay through the completion of 5th
c) only impact students (including siblings) who are not yet attending elementary school in the new