Neighborhood 68 Elementary School Boundary Petition
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Internal Boundary Committee:
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the members of Internal Boundary Committee for taking the time to be a part of this important project. We understand that this is a difficult and complex process that takes into consideration many different criteria and factors. We appreciate your time and dedication to creating new boundaries for our school district that is best for everyone overall.
We also appreciate the time you have taken to listen to the voices of the community. As you are in the final stages of the process of assigning new school boundaries, we, the undersigned residents of Neighborhood 68, respectfully petition the MCPASD Internal Boundary Committee to take into consideration the following significant concerns of the residents:
1) Redistricting Neighborhood 68 to West Middleton Elementary School will send us to Glacier Creek Middle School or Kromrey Middle School, which both have negative impacts on our neighborhood.
- If Neighborhood 68 attends Glacier Creek Middle School, the resulting 11-mile commute for the students will be long and difficult—20 to 25 minutes by car with no traffic. For the same reason, parental involvement (Criteria #2, Family Engagement) will also be adversely affected. We are acutely aware that the Boundary Evaluation Criteria do list District Transportation Efficiency as a criterion utilized during the redistricting process, but the undersigned residents of Neighborhood 68 wanted to highlight this as a very important issue to our community.
- Sending Neighborhood 68 (along with the other southeast neighborhoods of the district, neighborhoods 66-71) to Kromrey Middle School while simultaneously sending the rest of the students to Glacier Creek, will split the elementary students from their elementary school peers when they go to separate middle schools.
2) Any options that remove Neighborhood 68 from Elm Lawn Elementary under utilizes Elm Lawn.
- In A1, the 2020 projected enrollment is only 388. The 2025 enrollment is 401, and 2030 enrollment is 386, with a building capacity of 497.
- In D3.7, the 2020 projected enrollment is only 412. The 2025 enrollment is 422, and 2030-406.
3) By contrast, D3.1 has a number of aspects that meet the criteria as established to be important to the committee.
- The enrollment at all of the schools remains balanced overall through 2025 (criterion #1).
- The Free & Reduced lunch percentage remains the most balanced in this option (criterion #2). Sauk Trail, currently the highest level of Free & Reduced Lunch at 41%, drops to 34%.
- A low percentage of elementary school students (19% of students overall, 69% of those to Pope Farm) and only 15 neighborhoods (7 not to Pope Farms) would be affected.
- ~83% of projected 2025 students would attend their closest school (currently 71%).
We, the undersigned residents of Neighborhood 68, petition to remain at Elm Lawn Elementary School and Kromrey Middle School. We understand that most families and neighborhoods would like to stay at their current school. However, we do hope that you will consider the aforementioned numbers and criteria that help support this point.
Thank you committee members for your anticipated attention.