Elementary school boundaries may change for Noblesville Schools students in the 2021-22 school year, according to a press release from the district.
The district announced Feb. 16 that it is proposing a rebalancing of the elementary school boundaries for the fall. Approximately 200 elementary students, which is 4 percent of the district’s elementary population, would be impacted by the new boundaries. Noblesville Schools has already notified those families of the proposed changes.
The new boundaries would move students from Hazel Dell Elementary, North Elementary and Stony Creek Elementary to Hinkle Creek Elementary, Noble Crossing Elementary and Promise Road Elementary. White River Elementary would have students moving in and out. No boundary changes are proposed for any other schools in the district.
Current fourth graders impacted by the moves will be allowed to stay at their home school for their last year of elementary if they choose.
A committee made up of district staff and parent representatives developed the rebalancing proposal after studying the issue for several months. According to the press release, the plan is to minimize the number of impacted students while appropriately balancing class sizes and socioeconomic backgrounds as evenly as possible across schools.
“We know that this kind of change can be stressful for families who are impacted and we hate that,” Associate Supt. David Mundy stated. “Unfortunately, we can’t control where growth occurs and must address the lack of space in some of our buildings. Our goal is to maximize existing space while minimizing disruptions to families.”
The district commissioned a professional demographic study, and leaders used the data to monitor growth trends and enrollments.
With the cost of new construction for an elementary school estimated at $30 million, rebalancing is expected to save money.
“We last rebalanced in 2016,” Mundy stated. “We realize doing it again this year was not ideal given the pressure COVID has placed on our school systems and families, but due to upcoming student projections we must address space in our buildings now.”
Impacted families have been invited to in-person meetings to discuss details of the proposed moves.
“I want to thank the parents and staff who served on our study committee as their input was a key part of this process,” Mundy stated. “I look forward to meeting more parents and answering any questions at our upcoming public meetings.”