Planning for the Future: Boundary Considerations for SCCSD
Approved Boundary Map:
Your feedback in the boundary planning process has been pivotal in helping the boundary committee make informed decisions. Based on the information gathered and an analysis of expected enrollment data, the boundary committee developed a final boundary map that was recommended for Board approval on January 25. The Board approved the proposed map. Staff and families will receive a message from the District with more information in the coming days.
Boundary Map Options Presented for Review and Feedback:
Guiding Principles for the Boundary Planning Process:
- The Board will consider the boundary work as part of Focus 2022.
- The future boundary should provide even better educational opportunities at each school to ensure an equitable student experience at each school.
- Neighbors are influential in how attendance areas are created and accepted by the community.
- Future boundaries can anticipate future changes of the neighborhood.
- The focus of the boundary process is at the middle school and high school levels.
- The boundary proposed should continue to effectively utilize all the available District resources.
- Boundary lines that follow natural/manmade boundaries are desired in how attendance areas are created.
- Grandfathering/Transfers/Student Options are to be provided by the Board according to Board policy.
In December, community members, parents/guardians, staff and students were given an opportunity to share feedback on the Boundary options through the ThoughtExchange. The ThoughtExchange closed on December 13, but you can still submit any final thoughts through Let’s Talk. Send us a message with your comments, questions, or concerns.
Boundary Planning Partner and Purpose
The District has engaged the services of RSP & Associates to guide the boundary process and provide an enrollment analysis, which includes population trends, demographics, enrollment data, and potential growth and development. Their study is grounded in the priorities set forth by the Board of Education and the input we are seeking from the community.
The new boundary options give us an opportunity to balance school sizes and even out enrollment in our secondary schools. While we encourage students to attend the school in their neighborhood boundary area, the District also currently accepts transfer requests. To learn more about the transfer policy, visit our website: Board Policy 501.8 – Within-District Transfers.
Moving forward, if the Board of Education decides to alter any boundary areas, we will share additional communication with families in the Sioux City Community School District.If you have any questions or concerns about this topic, I encourage you to reach out to us using Let’s Talk. Thank you for choosing the Sioux City Community School District for your child’s education.