Davenport School Board approves new boundaries plan
Davenport Community Schools superintendent Art Tate will see his recommendations for school boundary changes implemented.
District officials are pursuing boundary changes to eliminate overcrowding and balance use of the district’s buildings. Proposed boundary changes were met with resistance from some neighborhoods impacted by the change for children.
That resistance came in the form of petitions, protests and demonstration walks. Those demonstrations led to changes in the initial proposal to change some boundaries.
Instead of instant boundary changes, Superintendent Tate’s plan makes boundary changes gradual and allows students to continue attending their current school, even if the boundary for that school has changed.
The primary requirement for being allowed to attend the current school is that the student must have been within that school’s boundary during the 2012-2013 school year.
Elementary students and their siblings may be grandfathered in to their current elementary school as long as they were within that boundary last year. That clause allows them to attend their current school until they move on to intermediate school, where they will be required to adhere to the boundary for their assigned school.
Current fifth-graders, as well as intermediate students, will also be allowed to attend the intermediate school assigned by current boundaries, but they will be encouraged and allowed to attend the new school.
High school students will be allowed to attend any of the district’s three high schools without regard to the boundary area in which the family lives.
Students who are new to the district will be required to attend the school assigned under the revised boundary designations.