Frequently Asked Questions About the Development of Boundaries for the Elementary School to be Located at Shields and Locan Avenues in 2020.
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Q. Is there a set of criteria used to guide the development of elementary school boundaries?
A. The Boundary Change Steering Committee considers five guiding principles in the development of possible school boundaries. These include: utilize existing school design capacity whenever possible; keep neighborhoods together; create long-lasting boundaries; create contiguous boundaries that minimize gerrymandering; and where possible, reduce operational costs (e.g. busing).
Q. Who makes the final decision on school boundaries?
A. The Boundary Change Steering Committee studies possible boundary scenarios before publishing a proposed boundary for community review and input. After processing feedback from the community, a final proposal is made to the Governing Board for their consideration. It is then the Governing Board’s role to adopt the official school boundary.
Q. When will an initial boundary proposal be available for review?
A. It is anticipated that an initial proposal will be available for the community to review by early December 2018, with the Governing Board taking action on a final proposal in early 2019, a full year before the new school opens.
Q. What areas will be included in the Shields-Locan Attendance Study?
A. Existing elementary school attendance boundaries in the Clovis East High School areas will be included in this study. This study will not include any changes to the existing high school boundaries, but looks at the boundaries of Boris, Reagan, Freedom, Miramonte, Temperance-Kutner, Oraze and Fancher Creek elementary schools to determine the best adjustment to accommodate the new school opening in 2020.
Q. Will high school boundaries be affected?
A. The study will focus on elementary attendance areas within the existing secondary attendance area for Clovis East High School. It is not anticipated that any changes will be made to those existing secondary boundaries as a result of this study.
Q. Who serves on the Boundary Change Steering Committee?
A. The Boundary Change Steering Committee is made of Clovis Unified employees from a variety of schools, and representatives from many district level departments. These include principals, classified staff, plant operations, food service, transportation, special education, business services and others.
Q. What year will boundary changes resulting from the Shields and Locan avenues Attendance Study take effect?
A. The school site at Shields and Locan avenues will be under construction in early 2019 and will open for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Boundaries adopted for the new school will also take effect at that time.
Q. Will any review of district-wide boundaries be included in this study?
A. No. The 198-square mile boundary that defines Clovis Unified School District is not part of the Elementary Attendance Area Study.
Q. Why ask families who have established and invested in a particular elementary school to move?
A. Clovis Unified School District strongly encourages loyalty and support of our neighborhood schools. The District is fortunate to have active, involved parents who also encourage their children to support the schools they attend. These successful efforts often become the very reason that families oppose necessary boundary adjustments, given their involvement and loyalty to their neighborhood school.
While understanding of this challenge, the need to address crowded conditions at schools that greatly exceed their capacity requires that boundaries be adjusted. Clovis Unified makes every effort to proactively plan the opening of new schools in order to avoid situations in which students experience over-crowded conditions that could affect their learning.
Q. What about students entering the sixth grade?
A. Board Policy 5106 includes accommodation for students wishing to remain at a given school for their sixth grade year. The policy states in part, “Although the Board encourages all students to attend school in their designated attendance area, students entering the sixth grade may choose to remain at the school of their original attendance area if space is available.” More information about this exception can be found by reviewing in its entirety Board Policy 5106.
Q. Will the new school open with a full complement of activities for students?
A. Clovis Unified School District is committed to providing students with access to multiple opportunities for involvement in athletics, performing arts and other activities when a new school opens. Every effort will be made to provide resources for students’ involvement in the school’s first year of operation.