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Redistricting Info


Highlights of this Update:

  • Option #3 has been revised conceptually
  • Map development is beginning this week on the revised Option #3 and current Option #1
  • Option #1 and Option #3 maps and an accompanying survey will be available for feedback from the community the week of April 3-7

After receiving feedback from the Sylvania community over the past several weeks, the redistricting task force has decided to make grade configuration revisions to Option #3. In the revised Option #3, we will now be recommending to move to separate 5-6 and 7-8 grade configuration building models.  There will be one 5-6 building and one 7-8 building in each high school feeder pattern.

The reasons behind this change include:

  • Addressing concerns over the financial impact that Option #3 would have had on the district
  • The growing concerns from parents and educators regarding the 5-8 grade configuration model
  • Aligning with local and statewide comparable districts who have this grade configuration in place
  • To improve socio-economic diversity by combining all children earlier in our school feeder patterns.

We have addressed these concerns through these revisions to Option #3 in specific response to the feedback received.

Why Maplewood and not Highland?

1. With approximately 220 fewer students to be displaced from Maplewood instead of Highland, there would be much less disruption districtwide.  

2. Highland students could only be moved to two nearby elementary schools, which would cause a significant ripple effect across the district. The proximity of Maplewood to multiple elementary schools allows for more schools to welcome Maplewood students.

Please note that both Option #1 and Option #3 will have new boundary lines established. These graphics are representations of feeder patterns after those lines are drawn. For example, a neighborhood that currently feeds into a certain elementary could potentially be redistricted to another elementary school in order to create new boundaries that balance enrollment.



Progress from the Task Force:

The Task Force will present two final redistricting options in more detail at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Southview High School. The intent of this presentation is to inform the Board of Education of the current state of the redistricting process, including Option #1 and Option #3A/B. This redistricting portion of the meeting will be organized as an introductory presentation to the Board of Education followed by a Q&A session. The majority of the agenda will be centered around presenting information and then allowing panelists to engage in a Q&A session through question cards and two moderators.

After gaining input from the Board of Education and the community on March 13th, the Task Force will continue to study both Option #1 and Option #3. The development of boundary maps is the next immediate step in the redistricting timeline. The Task Force will also begin the work on the next survey, which will include boundary maps. The survey, boundary maps, and any redistricting updates will be communicated to all stakeholders early next month.

The redistricting portion of the Board of Education meeting will be streamed on Facebook Live, and the presentation will be available on the website on March 14th.



Progress from the Task Force:

It has been decided that we will be grandfathering incoming 8th graders, current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors as part of our redistricting plan for the 2018-2019 school year. However, no transportation will be provided for those students who are attending a school outside of their future residential school boundary. A decision has not been made regarding siblings of grandfathered students at all levels. The recommendation regarding grandfathering of these students in no way indicates a future direction regarding siblings or open enrollment policies. The committee's recommendation was made February 27th and was supported by the Sylvania Schools Board of Education.

After much discussion about the feedback and suggestions to adjust option 3 to a K-4 | 5-6 | 7-8 | 9-12 grade configuration, the recommendation has been made to move forward with the two current variations of option 3, both of which are K-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 grade configurations. Reasons for this include; the ability for the 5-8 model to offer more opportunities for kids, provide for lesser transitions and structure school start and end times to save on cost for the district.

The Task Force will present two final redistricting options (Option #1 and Option #3) in more detail at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Southview High School.

Updated: February 24, 2017

Thank you for taking our redistricting survey. We received over 2,300 responses and have closed the survey at this time.  

Options Narrowed Down

The Superintendent’s Task Force has determined that Option #2 is not a viable redistricting option. Option #2 had significant concerns for student travel time, and the amount of transition taking place for one year at a school and was therefore eliminated.

Option #3 Change

The Task Force will continue to study both Option #1 and Option #3. A variation of Option #3 has introduced Highland Elementary School as an alternative to possibly become a middle school under this option. We will be studying the possibility of either Highland and Maplewood for a potential new middle school (5-8) building.

Redistricting Timeline

February 2017

  • Superintendent Scott Nelson publishes a community update.
  • A Superintendent's Task Force of Board Members, Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Community Members begins meeting.
  • The community is invited to follow the project's progress and offer feedback through the district website and social media.
  • The Task Force evaluates multiple conceptual options for redistricting.
  • Three conceptual options are posted on the district website.
  • The district opens a community survey.

March 2017

  • The Task Force continues meeting weekly.
  • The Task Force presents its work to the Board of Education at the March 13th 5pm work session.

April 2017

  • The Task Force continues meeting weekly.
  • The Task Force presents a final recommendation along with open enrollment options to the Board of Education.

May 2017

  • The Board of Education approves a plan for redistricting to begin in the 2018-2019 school year.