By: Christine Souders
With a need to slash the Davenport School Districts' budget by more than 3 million dollars, the school board is now considering boundary changes, which could potentially save the district money. In Monday Night's Committee of the Whole Meeting, Superintendent Art Tate presented the board with the option to consider alternatives for moving boundaries within the district. One option the board will look closely at, is ending open enrollment.
Davenport school boundary lines could look very different before the 2013 to 2014 school year rolls around.
"Right now, we have some buildings overfilling and some are perhaps 60 to 70 percent capacity, so it's just not an efficient way to use the facilities,"said Superintendent Art Tate, who believes balancing the number of students in each school will help reduce spending, in areas like transportation.
"People are traveling from their neighborhood where they should be going to school. They have to go to another school because that school is filled up, and one reason it's filled up is because we have a very liberal policy for people going to the school that they want to attend," said Tate.
This could mean students entering the district could be required to go to the school closest to their home, and no longer be able to choose whichever school they want, except in extreme cases.
"We're not saying, okay people have to move out of the elementary school they're in right now. We're saying, you stay in place, but someone coming into the community, they have to go to that school and not go to another school."
The last time, boundary changes were looked at in the Davenport School District was in 2004, in which board members told Superintendent Tate during the meeting, open enrollment was highly favorable among parents.
The district will draw up boundary maps, and present them to the board November 13th. Right now, it's unclear exactly how much money could be saved. A series of public listening sessions will be held before a before a decision is made, but a final decision could be as soon as march.