Shawnee Mission School District boundary changes for 2018-19 won’t affect schools in NEJC area

Dan Blom - March 29, 2017 11:55 am
Michelle Hubbard presented the Board of Education Monday with a timeline for determining the elementary school boundary changes for the next school year.
Michelle Hubbard in February presented the Board of Education with a timeline for determining the elementary school boundary changes for the next school year. File photo

For Northeast Johnson County students and parents upcoming boundary changes in the Shawnee Mission School District are more about what is not going to happen.

The changes in school attendance areas won’t be implemented until the 2018-2019 school year, but a draft of the proposal and who might be affected was presented to the school board this week. The only schools east of I-35 that will have a boundary change are East Antioch Elementary and Overland Park Elementary. Both of those schools are in the Shawnee Mission West feeder pattern. The new East Antioch students will move to Westridge Middle School feeder pattern.

The schools affected by boundary adjustments are all in the SM West or SM Northwest boundaries. None of the schools in the northeast were mentioned in the report. Changes have been made to NEJC patterns in recent years, including when Mission Valley Middle School was closed.

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“It is something we have to do to balance (students and schools),” said Deputy Superintendent Kenny Southwick. “We know people are emotional about them.” He said the district looked at both new residential construction and where neighborhoods are re-greening. It is not okay to avoid the changed, Southwick said.

The district has set the nights of April 11 and May 3 for meetings to hear concerns from the communities that will be affected by the changes before the plan is finalized. “There is still a lot of work to be done before we come to you with (final) recommendations,” Southwick said.