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Elementary boundaries

District sets four meetings on changes


The South-Western City School District will be holding four elementary boundary planning meetings later this month to provide information to and receive feedback from parents and community members.

Parents and residents can choose to attend any of the four meetings.

The meetings will be held:

* Monday, Oct. 21 at Park Street Intermediate School, 3205 Park St., Grove City;

* Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Galloway Ridge Intermediate School, 122 Galloway Road, Galloway;

* Oct. 24 at Holt Crossing Intermediate School, 2706 Holt Road, Grove City; and

* Oct. 29 at Franklin Woods Intermediate School, 1831 Finland Ave., Columbus.

Each meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m.

"We will be reviewing the overall construction project, including master plan and timeline, looking at why it is necessary to review boundaries, reviewing the boundary planning parameters and providing an opportunity for community input into possible plans," said Sandy Nekoloff, the district's executive director of communications and community relations.

Several factors have led to the district's re-evaluation and revising of its elementary school boundaries, Nekoloff said.

Those factors include the relocation of North Franklin Elementary School, the combining of East Franklin and Finland elementary schools, space in the new buildings and planned addition of all-day, every day kindergarten, she said.

"We are only looking at elementary boundary areas," Nekoloff said.

The district is using the same factors it did in previous boundary revisions to guide the decision making in the latest process, she said, including:

* Attempting to keep neighborhoods together;

* Minimizing student movement;

* Providing opportunities for growth and eliminating overflow;

* Minimizing change to original attendance areas;

* Using natural boundaries; and

* Achieving socio-economic balance.

The district expects to finalize a plan no later than February 2014, Nekoloff said.

South-Western last reviewed and altered its boundaries in 2006 due to overcrowding at several schools, she said.

"Traditionally we review our boundary alignment every few years as a result of attendance growth patterns and/or overcrowding," Nekoloff said. "The economy played a role in the delay of our planning this time."