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October 29, 2011

Survey on school boundaries is online

Wichita residents can share their thoughts on school boundary issues by completing an online survey at the district's website.

Wichita residents can share their thoughts on school boundary issues by completing an online survey at the district's website.

To complete the survey, go to boundary.usd259.org. The link is highlighted on the right side of the screen. The deadline to take the survey is 5 p.m. Thursday.

Superintendent John Allison told school board members this week that the district would use its Web page to gather input and post information throughout the boundary-setting process.

"It's all there," he said. "All the information that's available is available to the public for review and will continue to be there."

The survey asks residents to share the pros and cons of several potential moves in the boundary process, including closing some schools, opening new schools and moving magnets or other special programs to different buildings.

Last week, an advisory group told Allison and consultants that a new boundary plan should include all three of those actions. The district will continue to collect feedback and questions through the online survey.

Residents also can submit feedback via e-mail at boundary@usd259.net.

Allison said officials with RSP & Associates, an Overland Park-based consulting group, are expected to present their first "supposals" — early, what-if proposals for new elementary school boundary lines — to the advisory group Nov. 15.

After that meeting more information, including maps, will be available on the website, Allison said.

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