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A way around the boundaries

Perhaps District 833 and the frustrated residents of the Wedgewood Point neighborhood have finally reached a compromise over the boundary changes scheduled for next year.

In February Woodbury residents Kendra and Tim Goertzen filed a lawsuit with the Minnesota Court of Appeals over their neighborhood being divided and the fact that their appeal to the district for boundary amendments was denied. The Goertzens previously attended Middleton Elementary, which is a little over a mile away from their home, but the boundary decision moved them to Bailey Elementary, roughly three miles away.

Back in April the Goertzen's appeal had been dismissed on the grounds that, according to Minn. Stat. 120A.36 (2008,) "Attendance at a particular public school is a privilege not a right for a pupil." It was for this reason that the court felt that the Gortzen's request did not constitute a legal claim.

Shortly after, the Goertzens began having conversations with their attorney about possibly filing another lawsuit with the Minnesota Supreme Court.

But now, the Goertzens and their neighbors can breathe a sigh of relief because their requests for intradistrict transfers have been granted. According to the District 833 website, intradistrict transfers are granted for students in grades kindergarten through eight living within the boundaries of District 833 who wish to attend a school other than the one they are assigned to. An intradistrict transfer will only be granted if there is enough staffing at the school and at a space available basis. An intradistrict transfer shall not increase the number of students at a grade level within the school to a level beyond the 90 percent capacity.

All families who were granted the intradistrict transfers are responsible for providing transportation to and from school to those students.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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