The first day of the 2013/14 school year for 150 Knollwood Elementary students will be at a new location.
Thursday night, in a three-to-four vote, the Rapid City School Board passed a measure that would transfer 150 children from Knollwood to Canyon Lake Elementary.
District administrators say it's the most economical way to deal with the jump in enrollment at Knollwood. This year, nearly 200 more students are attending Knollwood making for cramped rooms and large class sizes.
The plan to move students to Canyon Lake Elementary was pitched to the public and parents in two public meetings last month. At those meetings, parents expressed their concerns about the proposed transfers.
Superintendent, Dr. Tim Mitchell says some of those concerns are addressed in the revised proposal.
Facing an increase of nearly 200 students this school year, the Rapid City School District proposes to transfer 150 children from Knollwood Elementary across town to Canyon Lake Elementary.
During Thursday night's School Board meeting parents of those 150 Knollwood students will learn if their children will be transferred to Canyon Lake Elementary. The plan to move some of those students to Canyon Lake Elementary next year was pitched to the public and parents in two public meetings last month.
At those meetings parents expressed their concerns about the proposed transfers and Rapid City Schools Superintendent Doctor Tim Mitchell says some of those concerns have been addressed in the revised proposal that goes in front of the board Thursday night.
Brad Tucker, Principal of Canyon Lake Elementary says the ultimate goal of the proposal is to shrink the class size at Knollwood; a change he says will benefit all students.
"We have 20-22 kids in classroom, where they're packed at Knollwood. We can move kids over here and still take on additional kids with the classrooms we have and still keep our class sizes at 25 or less," said Brad Tucker, Canyon Lake Elementary Principal.
"We just think it's better for us to re-boundary and let people know where they're going to be next fall. Then for people to show up in the fall and find out, this school is full, we're going to send your kids all over the place through force transfer because we have to find rooms for them," said Dr. Tim Mitchell, Rapid City School Superintendent.
The boundary change is part of a broader plan for the 2013 - 2014 school year.