Attendance Zone Changes Pave Way for 18-19 Changes

Attendance Zone Changes Pave Way for 18-19 Changes
Posted on 01/24/2018
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Updated attendance boundaries for the 2018-19 school year are now available on the Lakota website. Click here to check your home address against our interactive map and view all the schools in your attendance zone.

As was communicated to parents and staff in December 2017, a building realignment is necessary to offer all-day kindergarten to all students beginning next school year. The district is adjusting its building configuration so that grades K-2 will attend early childhood schools and grades 3-6 will attend elementary schools. After an extensive facilities study, it was also determined that Heritage and Hopewell elementary schools will need to become early childhood schools.

Administration has worked alongside our building principals to modify the attendance boundaries in a manner that best serves all of our school communities. Many different factors have played a role in this process. These include keeping neighborhoods together, maintaining our current east and west high school boundaries, maximizing transportation services and anticipating the continued growth and development of our townships.

All families directly impacted by this change received a letter in the mail on Jan. 23 or 24 with their new school assignment for the upcoming school year. As the letter mentioned, students moving schools as a result of these changes will have the opportunity to visit their new schools before the end of this school year to help ease the transition. Their new principal will be in touch with more information in the coming months.

"I realize change can be unsettling, but after spending significant time out in the community listening to our students, staff and parents, I feel this is a solid first step in moving the district forward and doing what is in the best interest of our students," said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. "I appreciate the patience of our Lakota community as we worked through the complex details of this plan since making our original announcement."

“All-day kindergarten, paired with other exciting changes such as increased specials in grades K-6 and 1:1 technology for our secondary students, will bring the Lakota education to a whole new level for our students,” Miller said.

Lakota has also made available a list of frequently asked questions surrounding all of the changes recently announced for next school year. Click here to view this FAQ.

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year, including the option for all-day kindergarten for all students, kicks of March 12. Please click here for complete registration details.