By Peg McRoy Glover
The Avon School Board voted to redistrict the boundaries for its seven elementary schools at its Dec. 14 meeting. The new boundaries will begin with the 2021-22 academic school year.
The seven elementary schools will be reduced to six. White Oak Elementary will transition into a preschool learning center.
“The primary driver for moving boundaries is to right-size our schools and provide a more equitable experience for kids across the board,” said Kevin Carr, district communications coordinator. “Some of our schools have 700 students while others are in the 300 range.”
Terry Terhune, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, pointed out that the goal is to move a minimal number of students while still achieving equitable experiences for all elementary students.
A representative group of people made up of parents, elementary principals and office administrators made up a review committee. They studied current building structures, transportation, anticipated growth, balancing socioeconomic and demographic numbers as well as various data points before presenting several options to the board for consideration.
A survey was sent to all elementary school parents, resulting in 344 responses. Two public forums were held Nov. 12 and 19, where citizens were given the opportunity to speak directly with district leaders regarding the redistricting.
The school board was given the redistricting options a couple of months ago for their thorough review.