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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 4:45 am

Members of the School Boundary Change Committee met Monday evening to discuss agendas on changing the boundaries of Kyrene Schools east of Interstate 10.

Last March, the Kyrene School District began recruiting parents, community members and businesses to review certain agendas such as boundary history, current capacity, trend data, demographic studies, population growth/decline projections, school and neighborhood needs and desires and efficiency models.

There are about 30 people participating on the School Boundary Change Committee and have been reviewing possible school boundary changes on the east side of Interstate 10 in Tempe and Chandler.

Some factors include: Population shifts since the last time the boundaries were drawn in 2000, having an elementary school feed into only one middle school, having students attend their neighborhood school and balancing enrollment among schools.

Rick Brammer, partner of Applied Economics, gave a brief presentation on the status of the school boundaries east of Interstate 10, and how changing the boundaries will be put in effect.

“We’re not looking at making any fantastic changes or looking at closing any schools … it’s basically to clean up and better use the utilization of the schools we have and safety issues,” he said.

The committee has collected data consisting of how many students are located in a quarter-square mile based on where they live.

The committee recommended keeping Chandler Boulevard as a boundary between the schools for safety and utilization purposes.

Currently, the committee will be focusing solely on school boundaries east of Interstate 10, and Ahwatukee school boundaries will be looked at later down the road.

As of right now, the School Boundary Change Committee will be looking at every alternative when it comes to changing the school boundaries before it is sent to be reviewed and voted on by the district’s governing board.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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