YPS proposes boundary changes; school meetings this week

For three intermediate sites, including the new Redstone School

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A map of the proposed boundaries for Yukon's Redstone, Lakeview and Intermediate school sites.

By Traci Chapman

Contributing Writer

As Yukon Public Schools officials on Monday discussed proposed intermediate school boundary proposed changes, they prepared for a series of meetings this week to take that discussion to residents.

Administrators planned three meetings – concerning Redstone, Lakeview and Independence school boundaries, and set respectively for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All meetings will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Surrey Hills, Lakeview and Independence elementary schools, respectively, Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said.

New boundaries were needed with the planned opening of Redstone Intermediate at the start of the 2020-21 school year, the superintendent said. Intermediate schools encompass fourth through sixth grades.

Administrators said moving sixth grade to intermediate level meant students would be required to attend schools in which they were now zoned “to ensure adequate staffing, resources, instruction and transportation;” the process took into account factors like placing boundaries through the middle of established neighborhoods, the realignment of students into three – rather than two – intermediate schools and to balance student populations across the district.

Community meetings are open to anyone; those who have additional questions can refer to the YPS website at http://www.yukonps.com or may contact communications@yukonps.com, administrators said.