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Examiner
  • Westside school boundary changes in place

  • With the opening of Mallinson Elementary in August, attendance boundaries must be changed once again in the Independence School District.



    But unlike last year, these changes will largely affect students in western Independence.

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  • With the opening of Mallinson Elementary in August, attendance boundaries must be changed once again in the Independence School District.
    But unlike last year, these changes will largely affect students in western Independence.
    “When we were developing these boundaries, we wanted to allow for growth and move as few students as possible,” Deputy Superintendent Dale Herl told the Independence Board of Education Tuesday. “We also wanted to maximize our busing routes and fit within the capacity for our buildings.”
    Because of Mallinson Elementary’s close proximity to Sugar Creek Elementary, those buildings will be designed a little differently than the other elementary schools in the district. Sugar Creek will become a pre-K-1 building and students in grades 2 through 5 will attend Mallinson.
    As for the boundary changes, there are three main pockets of students that are affected. A group of students in the northwest corner of the Three Trails attendance area will move to Korte. Students in the northeast corner of the Korte attendance area will move to Sugar Creek/Mallinson elementary schools. The final pocket of students who live in the southeast corner of the Fairmount attendance area will also move to the Sugar Creek/Mallinson area.
    The district is also offering a “grandfather clause” for all current students, just as was offered when Little Blue Elementary opened in August. This means students can remain at their current elementary school through the fifth grade. The clause also allows any siblings to remain at the same school. However, the district is only offering this for one year and will not provide transportation if families choose to remain at their current school.
    The opening of Mallinson will bring student population numbers at the western Independence schools into an ideal range. Sugar Creek will go from 214 students this year to 199; Three Trails will go from 457 to 373 next year; Fairmount will drop from 408 to 278 and Korte will go from 688 to 535 students next fall. It is important to note with Korte that the fifth graders were moved this year to the third floor of Nowlin Middle School to temporarily alleviate overcrowding.
    Mallinson Elementary is expected to have about 371 students.
     
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