The Mustang Board of Education
unanimously approved a modified version of the proposed 2018-2019 elementary
and intermediate school boundaries at their regular meeting Monday. Changes
were based on parent feedback whenever it could be accommodated, information on
housing developments slated for construction, accounting for growth and
maintaining enough classroom space to accommodate full-day pre-kindergarten at
each elementary for as many students as possible.
Two major concerns expressed through
the surveys included the splitting of Westbury North between two schools and
moving the Timbercreek addition away from Trails and to the new elementary
opening in August.
“It was a difficult decision to make,” said Charles Bradley, deputy superintendent. “I wish it were possible for every parent to receive the answer they wanted. The committee tried multiple scenarios, but Westbury North will remain split between Valley Elementary and Creek Elementary. Bellflower, which is north of Westbury North, will also go to Creek. Those neighborhoods contain close to 200 elementary-aged children. We could not send both of those neighborhoods to one school or the other and maintain enough room for future growth and for all-day pre-k.”
Another theme in the survey results was
keeping Timbercreek with Trails Elementary, which is visible from the addition.
Keeping Timbercreek with Trails meant two other additions farther away from
Trails needed to move to the new school to maintain population balance, Bradley
said. Timbercreek will stay at Trails Elementary. Belmont Cross and Somers
Point will be going to the new Riverwood Elementary for the new year.
Changes to the original proposed
Trails: Chapel Ridge Apartments
will go to Trails instead of the new elementary (Riverwood Elementary); Timber
Creek addition will go to Trails instead of Riverwood Elementary; Belmont
Crossing and Somers Point will go to the new elementary, Riverwood Elementary,
instead of Trails Elementary.
Creek Elementary: The Links
apartments will go to Creek instead of the new elementary. Making this change
prevents our buses from having to make an unprotected left turn into the
Centennial Elementary: Johnson Farms (44th between Mustang Road and Sara Road) will remain at Centennial instead of going to the new elementary. A new development is slated for 44th and Mustang Road that will be bringing an estimated 440 homes into the new school’s boundaries.
The boundaries proposed in January for
Valley Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Mustang Elementary and Lakehoma
Elementary were not changed.
Intermediate boundaries were also
slightly modified due to the changes to the elementary boundaries. Bradley said
the committee made every effort to keep the changes minimal and to keep
elementary school populations together as they transition to intermediate.