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Elementary attendance map OK'd

The changes will be phased in over the next three school years

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The South-Western Board of Education approved a final revised elementary school boundary map Monday, Feb. 10.

The revised school attendance boundaries will be phased in and fully implemented by the 2016-17 school year, Deputy Superintendent David Stewart said.

One of the major goals in revising the boundary maps was to limit the number of families whose school assignment will change, Stewart said.

The district's facilities project, and in particular the closing of North Franklin Elementary School and the combining of East Franklin and Finland elementary schools, required the attendance area boundaries to be reviewed and revised, he said.

Only elementary school boundaries will be changing. Intermediate, middle and high school attendance maps will stay the same, Stewart said.

The final boundary map proposal presented to the board Monday incorporated feedback the district received at a Jan. 22 community meeting, where parents could see the map and find out if and when their child's school assignment would change, and in the subsequent two weeks, when the proposed map and a questionnaire was posted the district's website, he said.

"The tweaks that have been made (to the Jan. 22 plan) have been minor," Stewart said.

One tweak will make the situation better for some Stiles Elementary students, who otherwise would have had to make two moves before returning to Stiles at the construction project's end, he said.

Those students will now be able to stay at Stiles while the new school building is constructed on the same site, Stewart said.

In other business Monday, the board recognized three high school staff members for their recent professional achievements.

The board honored Grove City High School band director George Edge for being named the Ohio Music Educators Association's Teacher of the Year.

Edge will be retiring at the end of the school year, and later in the meeting, the board approved a resolution accepting several staff members' retirements, including Edge's, which will be effective May 31.

Franklin Heights Assistant Principal Jaime Stewart was recognized for being named the National Association of Secondary School Principals/ Virco Ohio Assistant Principal of the Year.

The board also honored Westland High School science teacher Shannon Clegg, who has been named as a National Science Teachers Association fellow.

As one of 200 middle and secondary teachers from across the nation chosen for the honor, Clegg will engage in a number of science-related activities and professional learning experiences and participate in the NSTA's 2014 National Conference on Science Education in Boston.

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