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New boundaries start to take shape in District 834

Now that District 834's new elementary school, to be located in Woodbury, is becoming a reality, it's time for figure out what students will help fill the school.

District 834 School Board reviewed four attendance boundary proposals during its March 10 meeting.

District 834 is tasked with redrawing its attendance boundaries in order to fill its new school in addition to finding new schools for students currently enrolled at Withrow, Marine and Oak Park elementary schools, which School Board voted to close earlier this month.

The new boundaries would go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.

The proposals were developed by a 24-person committee, which included parents, staff and administration.

The attendance boundary proposals will affect all of the district's elementary schools.

In regard to the new elementary school in Woodbury, all four options propose moving the majority of students from Valley Crossing Community School to the new school.

A small number of Valley Crossing students will also move to Lake Elmo Elementary.

Some students who currently attend Lake Elmo and Afton-Lakeland Elementary will also move to the new school.

Valley Crossing, which previously served Districts 834, 833 and 622, is being purchased by District 833.

Outside of the Woodbury area, all four proposals would redraw boundaries for Anderson, Lily Lake, Rutherford, Afton-Lakeland,Lake Elmo and Stonebridge elementary schools in order to accommodate the students coming from Withrow, Marine and Oak Park Elementary schools.

The boundary proposals also address what the new middle school feeder systems will be.

In all four proposals students from Afton-Lakeland, Anderson, Lake Elmo and the new elementary school will attend Oak-Land Middle School.

Students at Rutherford, Lily Lake and Stonebridge elementary schools would attend Stillwater Middle School.

The public will have three options to comment on the four attendance proposals: 6 p.m. March 14 at Stillwater Junior High School; 6 p.m. March 15 at Oak-Land Junior High School; and at 6 p.m. March 29 at Stillwater Area High School.

The boundary committee is scheduled to meet again on March 30 before presenting its final recommendation to the School Board.

The School Board is expected to make a final decision on the attendance boundaries at its April 14 meeting.

All four attendance boundary proposals can be viewed online at

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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