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Woodbury, 55125
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Some Woodbury students could attend Cottage Grove Middle school and Newport Elementary School students could head to Oltman Middle School under plans created by a task force working on a new feeder system for fall of 2009.

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No matter how the middle school attendance boundary task force worked the numbers, it could not come up with plans for School District 833 to continue using a feeder system developed in 1995. That means in the future, groups of students who attend elementary school together won't necessarily stay together in middle school.

Currently, elementary schools in Woodbury are sent by school to either Lake or Woodbury junior high. In Cottage Grove, schools are divided between Oltman and Cottage Grove junior highs.

The junior high schools will open as middle schools for grades six, seven and eight in the fall of 2009 when East Ridge, the district's third high school, opens.

At its Feb. 5 meeting, the task force attached a preliminary middle school plan to each of three boundary plans developed by the elementary school task force Jan. 15.

In the White Plan, city boundaries would be crossed for the first time with some students in east Woodbury attending Cottage Grove Middle School.

In two plans, Newport Elementary School, with parts of its current attendance area going elsewhere, would attend Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park.

The new boundary configurations will help relieve crowding in elementary schools, but it's a different story for the middle schools.

Even when students are divvied up among four middle schools, buildings will have near-capacity numbers of students.

The district will have to open an additional middle school by the 2014-2015 school year, according to Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for operations.

The goal for the middle school task force is to reduce the number of students in Lake Middle School in Woodbury. If excess students were merely sent to Woodbury Middle School, it would also be crowded. The solution lies in sending some Woodbury students to middle schools in the south half of the district, Vogel said.

After the three elementary school boundary plans were finished, Vogel and the task force's coordinator, Dave Bernhardson, created nine middle school plans, three for each elementary school plan.

At the Feb. 5 task force meeting, members voted to choose one middle school boundary plan to go along with each elementary school boundary plan.

Task force member Norm Mead asked why sending Newport kids to Oltman Middle School wouldn't be part of all the plans.

There was also a concern that the number of students might be too low at Oltman in at least one plan.

"I don't want it to drive the discussions," Vogel said, but the district is considering offering Spanish Immersion classes in middle school. The first class of Spanish Immersion students will move to middle school in 2010, Bernhardson said.

In that case, there might be room for a program at Oltman Middle School.

Three School District 833 elementary school attendance boundary plans were approved Jan. 15. A middle-school plan was selected for each of the elementary plans on Feb. 5.

The middle school task force meets Feb. 12 to consider changes before the three plans are submitted to the oversight committee Feb. 19. Members of the high school attendance boundary task force have been invited to attend.

After considering oversight comments and recommendations, the middle-school task force will send the plans on to the high school attendance boundary task force.

Four members of the middle-school task force will join the high school task force.

The school board is expected to receive three K-12 plans April 10 and approve a plan. Four public meetings will be held.

Red Plan for middle school boundaries

Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park: Newport, Pine Hill, Pullman and Armstrong elementary schools.

Cottage Grove Middle School: Cottage Grove, Crestview, Hillside and Grey Cloud elementary schools in Cottage Grove.

Lake Middle School: Red Rock, Middleton, Liberty Ridge elementary schools in Woodbury. Also includes Salem Meadows, Erin Estates and Woodbury Knolls.

Woodbury Middle School: Woodbury, Royal Oaks and Bailey elementary schools. Also includes Powers Lake, Carver Lake Summit, Grand Reserve, Gables at Eagle Valley, Wild Canyon Estates, Wild Canyon Ridge, Happy Trails, Rolling Acres, Gersbach Addition and Stimson Meadows.

Blue Plan for middle school boundaries

Oltman Middle School: Pine Hill, Pullman, Armstrong and Newport elementary schools.

Cottage Grove Middle School: Grey Cloud, Cottage Grove, Crestview and Hillside elementary schools. Also included are Salem Meadows, Erin Estates and Woodbury Knolls in Woodbury.

Woodbury Middle School: Woodbury, Royal Oaks and Bailey elementary schools. Also included are Watertower Place, Cobblestone Park Place and Homestead Hills and either Donnays Tall Trees or Highland Heights.

Lake Middle School: Red Rock, Middleton and Liberty Ridge elementary schools.

White Plan for middle school boundaries

Oltman Middle School: Pine Hill, Pullman and Armstrong elementary schools. Also included is Pineridge Estates in Cottage Grove.

Cottage Grove Middle School: Cottage Grove, Crestview, Hillside and Grey Cloud elementary schools. Also included are Stonemill Farms, Baileys Arbor, Salem Meadows, Erin Estates, Woodbury Knolls, Manning Meadows, Manning Park, Afton and three undeveloped areas in Woodbury.

Lake Middle School: Red Rock, Middleton, Liberty Ridge elementary schools and Kingsfield, Highland Knoll, and Oak View.

Woodbury Middle School: Woodbury, Royal Oaks, Bailey and Newport elementary schools. Also included are Lake Place, Valley Ridge Estates, Lakeview Knolls and Powers Lake.

Elementary school in all three plans

All three plans share common changes including that the children in the Crestview Elementary School attendance area south of 80th Street in Cottage Grove would move to Hillside Elementary School.

Pineridge and Vantage Point/Woodridge Coach Homes subdivisions would move to Hillside and Armstrong Elementary School's attendance border would be expanded to add areas slated for future growth.

No changes are slated for Pine Hill and Pullman elementary schools.

Blue Plan for elementary schools

The Blue Plan, which would move approximately 1,500 students.

The Highlands would be added to the list of areas recommended to move from Cottage Grove to Grey Cloud in the Red Plan.

Lake Place, Valley Ridge Estates and Lakeview Knolls would move from Liberty Ridge to Royal Oaks.

Highland Heights would move from Middleton to Royal Oaks.

Donnays Tall Trees would move from Middleton from Red Rock to Royal Oaks.

Savanna Oaks would move from Middleton to Red Rock.

Eagle Valley and Villages at Eagle Valley would move from Liberty Ridge to Middleton.

Grand Reserve, Gables at Eagle Valley, Notting Hill, Fairway Meadows, Woodcrest and Cherry Hill would move from Bailey to Middleton.

Kingsfield, Highland Knoll, Oak View, eastern Fairway Meadow, southern Stonemill Farms and Bailey's Arbor would move from Bailey to Liberty Ridge.

Wedgewood Park would move from Liberty Ridge to Bailey.

About 70 students would move from Middleton and Newport to Bailey.

Red Plan for elementary schools

Under this plan, the largest number of kids, approximately 1,700, would be moved

Orchard Ridge Estates, Wild Canyon Estates, Wild Canyon Ridge, Happy Trails, Rolling Acres, Gersbach Addition and Stimson Meadows would move from Bailey to Newport.

Cottage Grove Elementary School, now with 634 students would be at 646 in 2010-2011 and Liberty Ridge would be crowded again in 2011-2012.

Pinecliff, Pinetree Pond, Kingsborough Woods and Pepper Ridge-Northwest Covenant-Pinetree Pond Estates-Pinetree Pond Annex subdivisions move from Cottage Grove to Grey Cloud.

Grand Reserve, Gables at Eagle Valley, Notting Hill, Fairway Meadows, Woodcrest, Cherry Hill, Kingsfield, Highland Knoll, Oak View, the southern part of Stonemill Farms and some undeveloped areas would move from Bailey to Liberty Ridge Elementary School.

Eagle Valley, Villages at Eagle Valley and Wedgewood Park would move from Liberty Ridge to Middleton Elementary School,

Bailey's Arbor would move from Bailey to Middleton.

Highland Heights and Brighton's Landing would move from Middleton to Royal Oaks Elementary School.

Donnays Tall Trees would move from Red Rock Elementary School to Royal Oaks.

Pinecrest Villas, Interlachen Woods-Interlachen Ridge-Country Place, Pines of Inverness and Summit Pointe-Lake Inverness Estates would move from Royal Oaks to Woodbury Elementary School.

White Plan for elementary schools

This plan would move the fewest number of students at 735.

The Highlands would be added to the list of area recommended to move from Cottage Grove to Grey Cloud in the Red Plan.

The northern part of Savanna Oaks would move from Middleton to Red Rock in Woodbury.

Lake Place, Valley Ridge Estates and Lakeview Knolls would move from Liberty Ridge to Middleton.

Grand reserve, Gables at Eagle Valley, Notting Hill, Fairway Meadows, Woodcrest and Cherry Hill would move from Bailey to Middleton.

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