The Wentzville School District Board of Education has unanimously approved new boundaries for all elementary schools beginning next fall with the 2017-18 school year.
The new boundaries were proposed by a Boundary Committee composed of parents, community members and WSD staff that met during six public meetings between March and October this year. The committee was charged with redistricting the existing nine WSD elementary schools, as well as two new elementary schools currently under construction, as part of the District’s shift to K-6 elementary buildings.
The K-6 Plan for Growth was formulated by the Board of Education following the passing of Proposition E in April of 2015 and moves sixth grade out of the three existing WSD middle schools into eleven elementary schools, in order to relieve overcrowding at the middle schools without having to request a tax increase from WSD residents.
The Committee considered current and projected enrollment numbers, birth data, free and reduced lunch populations, transportation and feeder patterns when formulating the new boundaries. An effort was also made to move the least amount of students as possible with the new boundary configurations.
“Everyone involved in the process understands this is a very personal and significant change for some WSD families,” said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. “We respect that, and we are confident that our caring staff will ensure a smooth transition for affected students and their families.”
The Wentzville School District continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state. The WSD has added, on average, between 500 and 600 students each year since 2001. This past year, enrollment increased from 15,333 students to 15,984 – an increase of 651 students. The district has built eleven new schools, renovated classrooms in older schools, and added more than 250 classrooms onto existing schools in the past 16 years to accommodate new students.
“Each WSD school is exceptional,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “At the end of the day, all WSD students will be in a school where the bar is set high and where our phenomenal educators will ensure every child has the tools they need to be successful.”
Middle and high school attendance areas are not affected by this boundary change. To check the 2017-18 assigned schools for a particular address, visit the WSD website.