Comprehensive Boundary Review: Central Valley School District

Author: Jennifer Axelrod Published: May 6, 2016

For the past two months, our team has been engaged with Central Valley School District administration, parents, and community members to conduct a comprehensive boundary review of elementary and a subset of middle school attendance areas. To support the development of boundaries that balance enrollment and minimize impacts to students, we assessed current and future student enrollment and population trends, reviewed existing and future land use across the district, and continue to solicit input from the community to put together a set of framework recommendations that will guide this and future boundary reviews.

Key Factors of the comprehensive boundary review include:

Community Input

We’ll use interviews with parents, community members, business owners, and government leaders to determine key community values and guiding principles needed to make the boundary review project successful.

Student Enrollment Assessment

The evaluation of current student enrollment distribution and historical enrollment trends will inform our understanding of the geographic context of student attendance areas within Central Valley School District. Additionally, student enrollment projections will provide insight into expected student population growth to support future facility planning needs.

Land Use Analysis

An analysis of current and future land use trends will allow us to incorporate projected student enrollment into boundary modeling. With this data we can map and analyze current distribution of residential land use and zoning, incorporate recent development trends and building permit data, and quantify and map future student distribution trends.

Springboard Proposal

The outcomes from the community input, enrollment assessment, and land use analysis are being used to develop a springboard proposal – or proposed new boundary configurations that balance capacity considerations, enrollment forecasts, and future development trends. This springboard is the starting point for the boundary review process.

Boundary Review Committee Process

Interactive web based mapping tools enable on-the-fly scenario modeling of potential boundary adjustments and easy summation of the impact to enrollment numbers, effects on special programs, and other considerations like impacts to diversity and free and reduced lunches. These resources will be utilized throughout the boundary review committee process to support decision making.

Framework Recommendations

The final findings and outcomes of the comprehensive boundary review will be compiled into a flexible and dynamic set of framework recommendations on which this and future boundary setting processes will be based.

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