Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson announced today that the district was canceling a meeting on elementary school boundary changes it had scheduled for this month. The note posted by Hinson on the district’s website is copied below:
As you are most likely aware, the district is planning to make a few boundary changes to help with overcrowding at some schools and under utilization of facilities at others.
We’ve decided to postpone implementation of the boundary changes until the 2018-2019 school year.
We’re doing this for several reasons. Boundary changes are never easy, and include multiple layers of decision making. Lenexa Hills will open in August 2018, so delaying the boundary changes will allow us to include that new boundary. We also want to give families who will be affected by the changes ample opportunity to review the new proposed boundaries and to give feedback. This will provide families more than a year to prepare their children for attending a new school.
We will schedule public meetings in April and May to share the district’s proposed changes. The Board of Education will vote on the proposed changes at the May Board meeting. Again, the changes will not be implemented until the 2018-2019 school year; however, any impacted family requesting to attend their new boundary school in 2017-2018 will be granted that opportunity.
Therefore, the boundary change meeting that was scheduled for March 20 at 6 p.m. at each of the elementary schools is canceled. We will notify you when the new public meetings are set.
We look forward to collaborating with the community and schools as we embark on these important changes.
Dr. Jim Hinson