Following a months-long process to study residential development in the Clovis East Area, resulting enrollment trends and neighborhood growth a recommended attendance boundary for Clovis Unified’s new elementary school near Shields and Locan avenues has been released. The recommended attendance area is the result of careful study of feedback gathered from residents in the Clovis East Area collected since November, as well as analysis of city planning data of the area.These criteria include:
The final recommendation differs from draft options first studied at a community meeting and available for comment since November after consideration of feedback from the community aligned to criteria used by the District to develop attendance lines.
- Using existing school design capacity whenever possible
- Keeping neighborhoods together
- Creating long lasting boundaries (7-10 years)
- Developing contiguous boundaries that minimize gerrymandering
- Reducing operational costs if possible (such as busing)
Slated to open in August of 2020, with construction starting in early 2019, the recommended attendance boundaries will be considered by the Governing Board at the regularly scheduled board meeting on February 6, with action taken on the proposal February 20. If approved, the new boundaries would become effective when the new school opens for the 2020-21 school year.
Also underway are efforts to develop a recommended name for the new school. A community survey was conducted in December to gather desired qualities in a school name from families in the Clovis East Area, and it is anticipated that a recommendation will also be provided to the Board for consideration on February 6 and action on February 20. Once attendance lines and a school name are place, efforts to develop a school mascot and school colors will begin in collaboration with the new school community led by Principal Kacey Gibson. Updates about these recommendations will be provided to the community through their neighborhood school and on school and district websites.
“By making these decisions more than a full year ahead of the school’s opening, the new school community can come together and build relationships even before the doors open,” said Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Kevin Peterson.
For information updates on the new school, please visit our Shields Locan