Maize USD 266 student placement
Student placement the focus of Maize Board of Education meeting:
The Student Placement Task Force on Feb. 10 presented pros and cons of various student placement options to the Maize Board of Education during its regularly scheduled meeting.
In spring 2013, under the direction of the board, Maize administrators assembled a task force comprised of several dozen staff members, parents, students and community volunteers who have been dedicated to discussing the way in which the district places its 7,000 students in 10 buildings. The group has been meeting regularly since May.
Maize USD 266 does not have boundaries that determine which school our students attend. Rather, students and parents are invited to elect a preference of which building they would like to attend on both the middle and high school level. Maize USD 266 has five elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and an alternative high school.
Task force members presented the pros and cons of various long-term options for student placement. Board members did not take action but plan to discuss the options further at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Pray-Woodman Elementary School, 605 W. Central in Maize.
Maize USD 266 encompasses approximately 42 square miles on the northwest side of Wichita.
The district is unique in the fact that it doesn't have neighborhood schools. The school buildings are housed in two primary locations, a campus in the city of Maize and the south campus, located at 37th & Tyler Road.
The Maize district does not have neighborhood boundaries drawn to determine which elementary, middle or high school your child will attend. Elementary students are assigned to a school based on space availability and siblings are kept together. When your child enters middle and high school, families are given the opportunity to give a preference for school assignment.
Student placement is a priority for us at Maize USD 266, and we’ve compiled this question-and-answer page to keep you informed on the latest with that process. If you have additional questions that you’d like us to answer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that placement is not given on a first-come, first-serve basis. All placement cards turned in by the 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 deadline are given equal consideration.
Q: Why does Maize USD 266 have a student placement policy?
A: District growth has made it necessary to have multiple buildings housing the same grade levels. Without school boundaries and with two high schools (plus Complete High School Maize, our alternative high school), two middle schools and five elementary schools, our district for a dozen years has had policy in place addressing student placement.
Q: What’s new with Maize USD 266’s placement policy?
A: In September, the Maize Board of Education revised the district’s placement policy for middle and high school students, rewording it to clarify changes the board made earlier this year. The policy states that parents can complete a Request for Transfer form at the building level and discuss concerns with the principal of the building their student is assigned to attend. Requests made after 30 days from the notification of assignment will not be considered. Parents may file a written appeal of placement decisions to the Superintendent of Schools within 10 days of the building principal’s decision. The District Review Committee will review appeals that meet the deadline. There will be no in-person hearings on the district level, and District Review Committee rulings will be delivered via letter and/or email. Please click here to view the policy in full.
A: Maize USD 266 placement policy states that students will be given preference to follow their siblings’ previous path through either high school building, if so desired. Maize administrators have record of past students’ building placement and will reference that when making new building assignments.
Q: How many 5th- and 8th-grade students does Maize have?
A: Families of both 5th-grade and 8th-grade students are asked to fill out and submit preference cards regarding their preferred middle school and high school building placement for the following school year. Maize USD 266 this year has 519 5th-grade students and 580 8th-grade students (296 at Maize South Middle School, 259 at Maize Middle School and 25 enrolled in the virtual program).
Maize High School’s capacity is larger than Maize South High School’s. The goal is to have one-third of our district’s high school students attend Maize South High and two-thirds attend Maize High. It is important to our district to keep enrollment numbers balanced at our middle and high school buildings.
Q: What happens if all preferences cannot be granted because of building space?
A: Maize USD 266 placement policy states that, in such cases, a randomly generated lottery system will be used to place those students in their respective buildings.
Q. What is the district’s long-term vision for student placement?
A. Earlier this year, we formed a Student Placement Task Force – a group of 37 Maize students, educators, parents, Board of Education members and community members – to discuss various options and ideas related to the manner in which the district places our more than 7,000 students in our 10 buildings. The group met in late October – its fifth meeting since convening in May – and is scheduled to meet again at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Educational Support Center to continue that important process. We expect that the Board of Education will hear task force members’ findings in early 2014. It is unlikely that board members will implement any possible policy changes in time to alter the placement procedure for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
Q: What is the timeline for this year’s placement process?
A: The timeline is as follows:
4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2013: Deadline for placement cards for 5th- and 8th-grade Maize USD 266 students. Cards must be turned in to the Educational Support Center, 905 W. Central in Maize.
Dec. 20, 2013: Building assignment letters will be mailed and emailed to parents and guardians of Maize 5th- and 8th-grade students. (You can make sure that your contact information is accurate by clicking on “Skyward Family Access” on the district’s website at www.usd266.com.)
Jan. 20, 2014: This is the final day for students and parents to submit a Request for Transfer form to the principal of the building their student is assigned to attend. (Request for Change-Middle School form or Request for Change-High School)
Jan. 30, 2014: This is the final day for students and parents to file a written appeal of placement decisions to the Superintendent of Schools.
Feb. 3 and 4, 2014: The District Review Committee will review appeals and determine final student placement.