No changes in attendance boundaries for Andover schools this year

05/18/2014 12:56 PM

05/18/2014 1:01 PM

The Andover school district won’t be changing attendance boundaries this year, district officials said.

“The bottom line is, we’re not overly crowded right now,” said Andover superintendent Greg Rasmussen. “We don’t have to do anything, and that’s the good news.

“But the board’s being really proactive and looking out over the horizon,” he said. “We want to make sure that we’re looking ahead so that we see that thing coming, when it’s coming, and we’re not surprised by it or have to make any snap decisions.”

A committee of Andover administrators, teachers, parents and community members began meeting in 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 study was prompted in part by enrollment discrepancies at the district’s two high schools. Andover High, which draws students from the north part of the district, is a Class 5A school with about 789 students. Andover Central High, which draws from the south part, recently was reclassified as a Class 4A school and has about 726 students.

The discrepancy is “nothing alarming yet,” Rasmussen said. “But we were beginning to see that, and it had been two years since we looked (at boundaries), so we just wanted to take another look.”

During a public forum to collect feedback on possible boundary changes, some patrons said they liked that the two high schools are in different classifications for sports now, Rasmussen said.

“Because they don’t have to play each other in state-level competition, they could both be successful,” he said. “So there are pluses and minuses.”

Shifting attendance boundaries to better balance the high schools is “something the board’s going to have to look at in the future,” Rasmussen said. “But in the short term, we’re fine.”

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