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Davenport School Board Discusses Boundary Changes

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Should Davenport High Schools have strict attendance boundaries? It's a question the Davenport School Board is going to ask parents and students.

Monday night's school board meeting was packed with parents concerned about Davenport's high schools having strict attendance boundaries. A big part of the discussion surrounded whether or not intra district open enrollment should continue at Central High School, North High School and West High School.

The issue is the board wants all 3 schools to be equal in every way, especially in athletes and not allowing students to open enroll at schools outside their boundaries would help. The board did not vote on anything, the question will be asked at public forums, but students and parents at Monday's meeting were split.

"I see our student athletes giving a hundred percent each and every game, but the outcome are usually the same. What's fair about an 80 to16 score? I think this a golden opportunity to address the issue of equality and fairness."

"I think I should be allowed to go to Central High School, because most of my friends would be there and it would be unfair to take me away from my friends."

"I would encourage us to allow open enrollment based on what we think is right for our kids and what programs they offer at the high schools."

"I challenge you to look at the last 2 words of your vision statement, "What If?" "What If open enrolling is actually hurting our schools."

The school board also voted on draft boundaries that are just the starting point for new boundaries for these elementary schools: Adams, Buchanan, Buffalo, Garfield, Harrison, Hayes, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, McKinley, Washington and Wilson.

The district is also working on new boundaries for the 2 K-8 schools, J.B. Young and Walcott.

There are also proposed boundaries for all 4 intermediates schools including, Smart, Sudlow, Williams and Wood. The board is trying to balance schools that are under or over enrolled by having all schools have 80% enrollment.

"I hope students can have the option of staying at the school until they go on until the next building."

"I think it's a really good thing that you are considering redrawing the boundaries the schools our family attends are really over crowed."

All students will be grandfathered into new boundaries once they are passed, but there is still a lot of discussion before that can happen. The district will release the draft maps for elementary and intermediate schools on their website in January. Since they are drafts, the proposed boundaries can still change.

An exact date for the public forums has not been set. However, they will be in January and February.