Education
5:43 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Committee to recommend Plan B for CPS school boundaries

The Committee tasked with putting together a new plan for the boundaries of the Columbia Public School District has decided on its recommendation to the School Board.

After nearly a year of work drawing maps and gathering feedback from the community, the secondary enrollment planning committee has decided to recommend “Plan B” to the Columbia School Board. Committee Co-chair Darin Preis calls it a “middle ground” option.

 “You know we heard at public forums a lot of people either loved or hated both the A and C models, but most people were kind of warm to the model B, so that kind of told us that we had something to work with there,” Preis said.

Jan Mees was one of the two school board members on the 22-member committee. She explains the parameters used to draw up the map.

 “Plan B allows students once they enter a new intermediate school to stay with that same cohort of high school students through their high school years,” Mees said.

Mees says the committee did make some slight changes to the boundaries based on the feedback from a series of public forums in November and through the district’s website. She says those will be incorporated when the committee presents the recommendation to the school board in January. The map pictured above does not reflect those changes, and Asst. Superintendent Wanda Brown’s office says those new maps should be posted to the Columbia Public Schools website in the next few days.

Mees expects the board to pass the boundaries when it votes; likely at its February meeting. The new boundaries are needed to make way for Battle High School, the new school opening in Columbia in 2013.