For the first time in its history, Westfield Washington Schools has redistricted based on enrollment numbers and not the opening of a new building. The redistricting, which only impacts the six elementary buildings, was approved on Feb. 11 by the school board.
“It’s very difficult to move students and families when you don’t have new schools to move them to. The nice thing about this is that everybody loves the school he or she is in; the bad thing is everybody loves the school he or she is in and somebody has to move,” Supt. Dr. Mark Keen said.
The redistricting begins this school year and will affect students at the two largest elementary schools: Oak Trace and Maple Glen.
According to its details, students who reside in Springdale Farms, Village Farms, Bainbridge, Hills & Dales, Westfield Farms, Beacon Pointe and Shadow Lakes will be reassigned to Shamrock Springs Elementary. Officials said this will reduce the number of students at Oak Trace Elementary by 105 and will allow room for continued growth in the Viking Meadows neighborhood.
Other moves include: Pine Ridge, Quail Ridge and the boundary’s northwest corner to be assigned to Monon Trail; Carey Commons and the northeast corner move to Washington Woods; and the Keeneland development with no current homes will be reassigned to Maple Glen from Shamrock Springs.