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Middle school boundary plan moves to high school task force

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District 833 school boundary task force members recommended shuffling a few details in plans for middle school boundaries that would take effect in 2009, at their Feb. 12 meeting.

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They're working with three plans -- called the Red, White and Blue plans -- that will take effect when the district's junior high schools become middle schools housing grades six, seven and eight.

The task force discussed five to six changes for each plan but ended with no changes in the White and Blue plans and one change in the Red Plan.

To shorten the driving distance for some students in the Red Plan, task force members suggested that students in Powers Lake and Dancing Waters and Powers Lake Overlook attend Lake Middle School rather than Woodbury Middle School.

Some task force members were concerned that Woodbury Middle School would be too close to capacity if those areas was shifted so the change was rejected.

However, the area around Woodbury Middle School has a declining student population and is not likely to be crowded in the future, according to Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for operations and boundary process facilitator.

He suggested the task force consider changes after the oversight committee meets.

One change was made to the Red Plan. To keep a few more students together with the same group they went to elementary school with, the task force recommended changing the Red Plan so that the Wild Canyon Estates, Wild Canyon Ridge, Happy Trails, Rolling Acres, Gersbach Addition, Stimson Meadows and Orchard Ridge Estates developments attend Oltman Middle School rather than Woodbury Middle School.

That would leave 35 to 45 open spots in both Oltman and Woodbury middle schools.

Task force members said they were concerned that some sixth grade students who will go to Lake Junior High School next year due to overcrowding at Liberty Ridge might have to move to Woodbury Middle School for seventh and eighth grades.

The school board could make an exception for those students, which would keep them at Lake, Vogel said.

The next step is for the task force to meet Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. to consider changes before handing the three plans over to the High School Attendance Boundary Task Force at 7:30 p.m. at the District 833 Service Cenetr in Cottage Grove. Four members of the middle school task force will join the high school task force.

Middle school boundary plans

Red Plan

Royal Oaks, Woodbury, and Bailey Elementary schools go to Woodbury Middle School. The attendance area 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.

Newport, Pine Hill, Pullman and Armstrong elementary school would go to Oltman Junior High School.

Cottage Grove, Crestview, Hillside, and Grey Cloud elementary schools would go to Cottage Grove Middle School.

Red Rock, Middleton and Liberty Ridge elementary schools would go to Lake Middle School in addition to students from Salem Meadows, Erin Estates and Woodbury Knolls.

White Plan

Oltman Middle School would have students from Pine Hill, Pullman and Armstrong elementary schools in addition to students from Pineridge Estates in Cottage Grove.

Woodbury Middle School would have students from Woodbury, Royal Oaks, Bailey and Newport elementary schools. Also included at students from Lake Place, Valley Ridge Estates, Lakeview Knolls and Powers Lake.

Lake Middle School would have students from Red Rock, Middleton and Liberty Ridge elementary schools in addition to students from Kingsfield, Highland Knoll and Oak View.

Cottage Grove, Crestview, Hillside and Grey Cloud elementary schools would go to Cottage Grove Middle School. Also included in the attendance area would be Stonemill Farms, Baileys Arbor, Salem Meadows, Erin Estates, Woodbury Knolls, Manning Meadows, Manning Park Afton and three undeveloped areas in Woodbury.

Blue Plan

Oltman Middle School would have students from Pine Hill, Armstrong and Newport elementary schools.

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

Woodbury Middle School would have students from Woodbury, Royal Oaks and Bailey elementary schools in addition to students from Watertower Place, Cobblestone Park Place and Homestead Hills and either Donnays Tall Trees or Highland Heights.

Lake Middle School would have students from Red Rock, Middleton and Liberty Ridge elementary schools.

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