Boundary contingency plan under development

September 26, 2016

Last spring the school board approved a boundary change plan based on grade configuration changes, the closing of Valley Crossing Community School and the closure of Marine, Oak Park, and Withrow elementaries. The plan was developed by the Attendance Boundary Committee, which was made up of parents, staff and community members representing each of the district’s schools. View the approved plan.

A contingency plan must also be developed in the event a final decision on school closures be delayed or overturned by the court of appeals. The Court is expected to issue its ruling sometime in December or January.

The Attendance Boundary Committee reconvened in September to begin its work on contingency planning, considering what boundaries might look like with the addition of Brookview Elementary and if Marine, Oak Park and Withrow stayed open.

The committee utilized the same guiding change document created by the school board last spring to guide their work, focusing specifically on:

  • Balancing enrollment at elementary and middle schools
  • Considering the needs of diverse learners
  • Providing for efficiency of transportation and effective utilization of facilities
  • Allowing room for growth at Lake Elmo and Brookview elementary schools
  • Creating a plan that would be relevant for four to five years.

View the proposed contingency options.

The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the contingency options during two Community Conversations, which will be held at the following times:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. at Stillwater Junior High
  • Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. at Oak-Land Junior High

Feedback can also be shared online for families who are unable to attend a conversation.

The boundary committee will meet again in October to consider the feedback gathered and finalize their recommendation for the school board’s consideration. The school board is expected to adopt a contingency plan at the October 13 board meeting.

More information about boundary changes, including a link to Frequently Asked Questions, is available online at stillwaterschools.org/boundarychange