Boundary Committee Frequently Asked Questions
BOUNDARY CHANGE PROCESS
How were Boundary Committee members selected?
The Boundary Committee includes two parent representatives from each elementary and middle school, in addition to four district level administrators and two at-large community members. Parent members of the Boundary Committee were nominated by their building principals and parent group presidents.
What is the Boundary Committee’s mission?
The Boundary Committee’s mission is to use relevant data and objective criteria to develop attendance zones for Lindbergh’s elementary and middle schools. To ensure a transparent and inclusive process, the committee will post materials online, seek public input and consider all feedback it receives. At the end of the process, the committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Education.
What criteria is the committee using to evaluate community feedback?
The committee is using six criteria to create attendance zones for six elementary schools in 2017-18. The criteria includes:
- Building Capacity - Each elementary school has a different student capacity based on the size of each building.
- Maintain Neighborhoods - The committee will work to keep neighborhoods together, so students who are neighbors can attend the same school.
- Plan for Growth - The committee will consider four-year enrollment projections that are based on current enrollment trends and live birth data.
- Minimize Family Movement - The committee will keep families in place when possible.
- Transportation - The committee will consider road patterns and travel time for buses and parents.
- Geographic Features - The committee will consider natural division points such as major traffic arteries, rivers/streams or other geographic features.
The Option 3 map is a starting point for the committee to begin work on elementary school boundaries. The committee has and will continue to consider all feedback from the community, and continues to look closely at specific areas of concern. However, months of work have gone into compiling data and creating the suggested starting points from which Option 3 was selected.
When will the middle school boundaries be decided?
The Boundary Committee will begin discussing middle school options during the meeting on Feb. 22. Middle school boundaries will be determined using the same six criteria as the elementary school process.
Why are the boundaries for elementary and middle not being considered together?
Elementary school boundaries must be set first in order to determine how many students will feed into each middle school from the various elementary schools.
What do the white with pink dot areas represent on the boundary maps?
The white areas with pink dots represent apartment complexes, where there are multiple residences in a very concentrated area.
How can I share feedback with the Boundary Committee?
Please fill out the Boundary Committee Community Survey to share your feedback with committee members. All community feedback will be considered within the guidelines of the six criteria.
When will the committee’s work be complete?
The Boundary Committee is planning to present the final elementary and middle school boundary changes to the Board of Education on March 14.
How will families be notified of their 2017-18 school assignments?
Following Board of Education approval of the new boundaries, an email will be sent to all district families with their school assignments for the 2017-18 school year. Every family will receive an email, whether that family’s school boundaries change or stay the same. In addition, a district map will be available on our website that will allow parents and community members to type in an address and see that residence’s elementary and middle school attendance zones.
Can families stay at their current building if they do not want to move?
Lindbergh is fortunate that every school ranks among the best in the entire state. Every building provides a welcoming, inclusive environment with high academic standards and quality programming for students.
We understand that for a variety of reasons, some families may wish to have their child(ren) attend a school other than the one to which they have been assigned. Lindbergh families may request to attend a school outside of their attendance zone when the window opens in late April. These requests are honored based on space available in a requested building and grade level. Parents must provide students with transportation to and from a school outside their attendance area. More information on this process will be shared following the Boundary Change process.
It looks like all of the elementary schools will be overcrowded by 2020-21. What is the district’s plan for adding a seventh elementary school? Where would it be located?
The Boundary Committee’s work this spring is designed to relieve overcrowding in the immediate future by adding a sixth elementary school attendance zone. We are realistic that Lindbergh’s enrollment will continue to grow aggressively as more homes are sold to young families every year. There is no question that additional instructional space for elementary school students will be needed in the not-too-distant future. However, any growth related construction would require at least 10 acres of land to build on, and that amount of land is not currently available anywhere within our district boundaries. We do know that Lindbergh is much more heavily populated on the eastern portion of the district. Building a new school or adding on to current schools would also require community support for funding in the form of a bond issue.
How will the impending Crestwood Mall redevelopment impact growth in the Crestwood and Long attendance areas?
We expect that apartments will be built on a portion of the former Crestwood Mall site. However, specific plans for this development have not been shared with the public at this point. We do not expect this development to have a significant impact on Crestwood or Long enrollment in the next 4-5 years, but it will have to be accounted for in the future.
Will the new Dressel playground be accessible to all students?
Lindbergh Schools has a multi-year plan to make every elementary school playground accessible to all students. Improvements have been made at Concord and Long, and they are scheduled for Sappington (summer 2017). Dressel will have an accessible playground when it opens next year, and Crestwood and Kennerly playgrounds are scheduled to be updated in the years that follow.
Will ECE before and after care be provided at Dressel?
Yes, Lindbergh Early Childhood Education will offer the same before- and after-school care options at Dressel Elementary School as are available at Lindbergh’s five current elementary schools.