The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 5, 2013

Joplin Schools to schedule meetings on redistricting plan

By Emily Younker
eyounker@joplinglobe.com

WASHINGTON — A series of evening meetings will be scheduled next week at several Joplin schools to inform parents of the district’s proposed plan to redraw attendance zones.

Parents will likely be notified of the dates, times and locations of the meetings via letter, according to Jason Cravens, director of instructional services.

The redistricting plan would redraw some of the district’s attendance zones, which dictate the schools that students attend based on their addresses. About 200 current elementary students would be rezoned to different elementary schools next year. It also would redirect Cecil Floyd, Royal Heights, Kelsey Norman and Emerson students to different middle schools, and would introduce a permit option at the middle school level.

Next week’s meetings will allow administrators to get feedback from the parents whose children will be directly affected by the plan, Cravens said.

The Board of Education will consider the plan at its March 26 meeting. The plan was on the agenda at the board’s Feb. 26 meeting, but board members postponed a vote to give the district more time to gather parent feedback.