The Deer Creek School Board this week voted to approve a school redistricting plan that could see hundreds of students changing elementary schools.
The biggest changes would involve students from Grove Valley Elementary School moving to Prairie Vale Elementary School and those from Deer Creek and Rose Union elementary schools switching to the new Spring Creek Elementary School.
The board formed a committee in September and tasked it with finding a way to reorganize students to accommodate Spring Creek's construction.
The school is scheduled to open in the fall near NW 150 and Rockwell Avenue. It will be home to 375 students, according to estimates from the school board.
The committee presented proposed redistricting plans to the school board in January and held two public forums in which parents expressed concerns about transportation and student relocation.
The board approved the plan at its Monday night meeting by a 4-1 vote, with board member John Robertson casting the only no vote.
Spring Creek will consist of students from Deer Creek and Rose Union. Grove Valley's population will shrink, while Prairie Vale's will expand.
Board member Danny Barnes, who was on the redistricting committee, said he thinks the plan is a “good compromise,” but made sure to note that he knew not all parents would be pleased with the outcome. Barnes added he cannot make any guarantees, but the schools will work with parents who would like their children to stay where they are.
Robertson said he thinks the committee did a good job researching projected growth in the area, but worries if there will be enough room to accommodate more students in coming years.
Grove Valley is projected to have 523 students next school year, 36 fewer than it has now. But Robertson said it is possible growth could exceed the school's capacity more quickly than expected.
“This will work fine, no doubt,” Robertson said. “It's just a question of how long it will work.”