Board approves new student placement policy, views proposed boundary map
Monday, October 24th, 2016

Dear Maize Schools community,

During tonight's Maize Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously to move to a hybrid boundary-feeder system for Maize USD 266. Members approved the student placement policy as proposed Oct. 10, with a new amendment that allows for an exemption option for younger siblings in grades K-5 of students who currently are attending a USD 266 middle school or high school.

All younger siblings eligible for the legacy exemption must identify which feeder system to attend prior to Dec. 15, 2016. (This is only for those students whose preference differs from their boundary assignment.) Students who have identified a feeder system will not be eligible to modify their request prior to entering middle school and/or high school, regardless of residence.

Students granted the legacy exemption must waive district transportation. However, students may ride a bus to their out-of-boundary school from pre-determined bus stop, if available.

You can click here to read my recent message about the policy.

The board did not take any action regarding a boundary map or boundary lines.

I did present to board members this evening a proposed boundary map, which a team of administrators and I developed using advanced demographic software incorporating our enrollment and GIS (geographic information system) data. Please click here to view a larger version of the proposed map. The proposed map indicates which portions of our community would be assigned to attend Maize Middle School and Maize High School and which portions would be assigned to Maize South Middle School and Maize South High School. The middle and high schools would be tied together in a boundary-feeder system. The boundaries would not apply to elementary school students.

When developing the map, many factors were considered, including school building capacities, growth patterns, transportation, and demographics.

I will further explain the rationale of the map and will listen to community feedback and answer related questions during two upcoming community meetings. Those will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the auditorium at Maize South High School, 3701 N. Tyler Road in Wichita, and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the auditorium at Maize High School, 11600 W. 45th St. North in Maize. These meetings are informational meetings, not Maize Board of Education meetings, and no official vote or other action will be taken. The Maize Board of Education is next schedule to meet for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Educational Support Center, 905 W. Academy Ave. in Maize.

As I have shared before, we realize that not all of our community members will find the policy and/or the proposed boundary map ideal. What is best for all of our students continues to be a goal for us.

The steps taken tonight are exciting and meaningful ones vital to improvement and progress for Maize USD 266.

Thank you again to all involved in this important process and for your continued support of Maize Schools.

Sincerely,

Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools



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