Union School Officials Hope Boundary Changes Will Have Little Impact On Students

Tuesday, May 10th 2011, 5:10 pm
By: News On 6

Craig Day, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Public Schools isn't the only area district that will have new school boundaries next year.

The Union school board approved some boundary changes that will impact more than half of the district's elementary schools.

At Grove Elementary School in the Union District, nearly 80 students will go to different elementary schools next year.

The district is changing boundaries for several of its elementary schools.

"We try to create some equity among our elementary schools size wise," said Union School Assistant Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead.

Union is implementing the redistricting plan in an effort to ease crowding at seven of the district's 13 elementary schools, including Grove.

The changes will affect about 200 of the district's 7,200 elementary school kids.

"We worked through multiple scenarios, there were so many different options that we looked at, this was the one that had the least impact, or affected the fewest number of kids," Bushyhead said.

While the boundary changes only affect three percent of elementary students in the district, Union schools is implementing a transition program before this school year lets out, where kids can visit their new schools that they'll attend next year, and meet teachers.

"We want them to feel good about it," he said.

The new boundaries go into effect for the next school year. Union Public Schools will notify parents of students who will be affected.