Re-2 school board approves school boundaries in New Castle |

Re-2 school board approves school boundaries in New Castle

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE – Garfield School District Re-2 school board members have approved attendance boundaries for Kathryn Senor Elementary and a new elementary school in New Castle.”The board approved the second reading of the boundaries and did accept the recommendations from the parent committee,” said Re-2 superintendent Gary Pack. “We will be notifying parents and students after the first of the year as to what those boundaries are and when they will take affect.”Under the new boundaries, students living in Apple Tree, Mountain Shadows and Castle Valley Ranch subdivisions will attend the existing Kathryn Senor Elementary. Students living in the areas of Elk Creek, Riverbend, Peach Valley, Lakota Canyon, Shibui and New Castle proper will attend the new elementary school.Pack indicated that the new boundaries follow state and federal standards and also closely mirror the current KSE demographics. The new boundaries were decided upon through a joint meeting of parents and Re-2 officials, and will take effect at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year.Besides residence, some issues considered in deciding the new boundaries were ethnicity and students on the free and reduced-price lunch program. Basically, the district has to split the numbers and have equal representation of each of the groups at both schools.Concerned parents attended two special meetings in September at KSE regarding the issue of keeping one of the facilities a kindergarten through third grade and the other school a third through fifth grade school, in an attempt to bring the fifth-grade students back into elementary level. However, that was not an option, as the bond issue for the new school facility was passed based on a promise of a K-4 facility.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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