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April 7, 2014

Andover schools to discuss attendance boundaries at public forum

The Andover school district will host a public forum Tuesday to present possible changes to attendance boundaries and to gather feedback.

The Andover school district will host a public forum Tuesday to present possible changes to attendance boundaries and to gather feedback.

The forum is at 7 p.m. at Meadowlark Elementary, 1411 N. Main in Andover.

A committee of Andover administrators, teachers, parents and community members has been meeting since December to review enrollment trends and evaluate possible boundary changes for Andover, a district of about 5,500 students that includes portions of east Wichita.

The group plans to present three scenarios to the Andover school board.

• A new boundary line along K-96, with everything south of K-96 assigned to Meadowlark Elementary, and another new line along Central so the small area south of Central currently assigned to Cottonwood Elementary would be reassigned to Meadowlark. This would include a change to secondary school boundaries.
• Reassigning the Whitetail neighborhood to Martin Elementary and reassigning Preston Trails, Crest Lake and Jackson Heights to Cottonwood. A portion of the Green Valley neighborhood would be reassigned from Sunflower to Meadowlark. This would not require secondary boundary changes.
• Reassigning Whitetail, Preston Trails, Crest Lake and Jackson Heights neighborhoods to Meadowlark. This would include a secondary boundary change.

Andover district officials said the advisory committee considered several factors, including keeping neighborhoods together, addressing crowding, minimizing reassignments, balancing diversity and maintaining three elementary schools for the north part of the district and three for the south.

Minutes from the committee meetings and maps of proposed boundary changes are available at the district’s website, www.usd385.org, under “District Information.” An online feedback form also will be available on the website.

The Andover board may implement one of the three proposals, do nothing or opt for another solution, a district official said.

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