Lakeville school attendance areas to change

District intends to keep changes from affecting current students

Lakeville Area School District officials referred to this map in considering attendance boundary changes they hope to implement next fall. The district is striving to make changes that will not affect current students, but accommodate projections of additional students coming to Lakeville schools as residential development occurs. (Photo by Laura Adelmann)

Lakeville Area School District officials referred to this map in considering attendance boundary changes they hope to implement next fall. The district is striving to make changes that will not affect current students, but accommodate projections of additional students coming to Lakeville schools as residential development occurs. (Photo by Laura Adelmann)

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A plan to redraw Lakeville Area School District attendance boundaries is underway, but school officials are hoping to keep changes from affecting students currently attending Lakeville schools.

“There’s going to be larger growth areas in the northern part of the district in the near future and we want to get ready for it,” School Board Member Terry Lind said. “We want to be proactive.”

School Board Member Judy Keliher, who serves on the committee with Lind, said the group is using data from the city to determine developments that are starting in the next two to four years, and are also getting development information from Elko New Market to consider when making changes.

“We are trying to get new developments assigned ahead of time so existing students don’t have to move,” Kehlier said.

She said the group is looking at all age levels, elementary to high school, in considering changes.

School Board Chairwoman Roz Peterson said the district hopes to have the new attendance boundaries finalized by this spring and actively in place with the start of the 2014-15 school year.

“We do that so we can balance class sizes better and run more efficiently,” Peterson said. “We are trying to get equity in class sizes across the district.”

Superintendent Lisa Snyder said the district plans to have possible attendance boundary scenarios in place to share with the public by Dec. 18.

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