Colorado Springs District 20 school boundaries set to change

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - Ten schools in Academy School District 20 could be affected by boundary changes that a committee might recommend to the school board, but students won't have to switch schools.

The students will be given the option to swap, said Becky Allan, executive director for learning services and facilitator of a boundary committee.

"We value our families and know that when a student is at a school, they have relationships there, and we don't want to sever that for any student," Allan said.

Superintendent Mark Hatchell formed the committee in January, one of the results of a $230 million bond authorization that voters approved last November.

Some of the bond money will pay to build two elementary schools and one middle school, prompting the need to adjust enrollment boundaries.

The external boundaries of D-20 itself are not changing, Allan said.

And the district's choice enrollment - which allows students to apply for consideration to attend a school not in their neighborhood - will remain the same, she said.

The last time D-20 boundaries were reconfigured was in 2006, for the opening of Ranch Creek and Chinook Trail elementary schools.

The process has been like solving a big math problem for the 24-member committee, made up of staff, high school students, parents and residents.

"We work with a demographer and use data from planned housing developments and construction, student enrollment projections, and we consider transportation," Allan said. "We put a lot of pieces together."

Four public forums are set to collect feedback from students, parents and community members:

◘ 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Timberview Middle School cafeteria

◘ 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain Ridge Middle School cafeteria

◘ 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Discovery Canyon Campus elementary/middle school cafeteria

◘ 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 12, Chinook Trail Elementary School cafeteria

At each forum, Allan will outline possible changes and will field questions and comments.

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