The Wentzville School District has invited stakeholders to provide feedback on draft redistricting scenarios for elementary, middle and high school boundaries to accommodate two new schools and continued enrollment growth. A committee made up of parents, staff, and community members has been meeting publicly since May with Dan Schmidt from MGT Consulting Group to develop the draft scenarios. Schmidt was hired by the District last year to conduct a demographic study and facilitate the process to develop the new attendance areas.
The draft redistricting scenarios for new elementary, middle and high school attendance areas can be viewed on the District website. Stakeholders are asked to comment via an online survey that will be active through September 30 and the public is also invited to three Community Forums where they will have an opportunity to learn more about the process, ask questions and make suggestions related to the draft redistricting scenarios. Those forums are scheduled for:
· Tuesday, September 10, at Frontier Middle School from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
· Wednesday, September 11, at the WSD Administrative Center from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
· Monday, September 23, at South Middle School from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state in the 21st Century and is now the ninth largest school district in Missouri. Current enrollment is now just over 17,370 - an increase of over 570 students since last year. As a result of the passing of Proposition E in 2018, the District is building: a fourth high school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2021; a twelfth elementary school, which is scheduled to open for the fall of 2020; and adding classrooms to three additional schools. The new attendance areas, once approved, will go into effect when the new schools open.
“We understand and appreciate the prospect of changing schools can be difficult and extremely personal,” said Chief Communications Officer Mary LaPak. “This is a transparent process with committee meetings that are open to the public and we are encouraging stakeholder feedback throughout this endeavor. We are also confident the Boundary Committee will work within the established criteria and carry out its task with diligence, while mindful of the impact new boundaries have on students and families.”
All of the data collected from the online survey, as well as the three Community Forums, will be compiled by MGT Consulting Group and shared with the committee in October to further develop the new attendance areas. District administrators plan to present the committee’s final recommendation to the Board of Education at the regular December meeting. Updates about the process, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the WSD website.