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Duluth School Board Reevaluating Timing of Boundary Project

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 12, 2020 10:29 PM

The Duluth School Board has decided to reevaluate the timing of possible boundary changes, making the change to elementary boundaries sooner than middle and high school boundaries.

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The first phase would consider smaller adjustments to elementary school boundaries to make room at areas of over-capacity. They would also consider strategies regarding the immersion programs at Lowell Elementary. A draft proposal would be shared with the community and Board in the spring and adjustments could take place as early as September.

The second phase would be forming a work group to develop recommendations for the middle and high school boundary adjustments. That work could take place over the next school year. Changes might be implemented by September 2021.

The recommendations will need full board approval before they go into place.

Scott Asperheim, a concerned parent, told WDIO News it seemed like board members are acknowledging the impact these drastic changes would have and need to put more time and research into it.

He has been closely monitoring the project since it would have an impact to his family.

"I'm a parent of two, I have a son who currently attends Ordean East Middle School. My daughter attends Homecroft Elementary. I live in the Woodland area. As far as the boundary project, it could potentially affect us. With the three scenarios they did propose it would send our kids to the West Duluth schools," said Asperheim.

Asperheim said this change would present a long commute for his family and would also affect his kid's extra-curricular activities. He has been attending all the meetings related to the boundary project.

"They did have some pretty ambitious plans that needed a lot more research it seemed to they didn't look into the feasibility. By doing the phased approach that definitely gives them more time for that second phase, if they are going to implement that and even in the immediate changes that they're trying in the first phase with the elementary schools.They expressed concern about not having enough information and wanting time to really evaluate the options, so that was really encouraging to see," said Asperheim.

More information on the boundary project can be found here.

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Alejandra Palacios

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