Redistricting Process to Begin
Cooperative Strategies, a consulting company, will lead a redistricting process for elementary school boundaries here beginning this year, as part of Proposition E plans to alleviate crowding in district elementary schools. Voters in April approved the $22 million Proposition E bond issue, which also includes safety/security and accessibility components for schools across the district.
The Board of Education chose Cooperative Strategies following a request for proposals and interview process. The district will create new elementary boundaries to provide more space in all schools and an enrollment area for Dr. Henry Givens Jr. School, a new neighborhood school that will include the entire Steger/Givens campus. Sixth graders will move to Hixson Middle School. Cooperative Strategies had assisted the district last year in determining how best to address space needs because of growing elementary enrollment numbers.
Cooperative Strategies' work includes creating and refining multiple scenarios/maps to accommodate the additional neighborhood school. District residents will have the opportunity to participate in the redistricting through open houses, focus groups and surveys.
Priorities for the newly formed attendance zones are distance and safety, enrollment balance and diversity. Cooperative Strategies’ work will be used in developing an elementary redistricting recommendation to be presented to the Board of Education in February.
For additional details about redistricting and the phase-in process, please visit the Proposition E website. https://mo02202299.schoolwires.net/Page/22959
to Webster Groves High School senior Ainsley McDermott, who is interning with the school district’s community relations office, for her contributions to this issue of Our Schools.