Shawnee Mission School District to vote on changes to school boundaries

Posted at 9:24 AM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 10:24:12-04

Shawnee Mission School District leaders are close to finalizing plans to draw new boundary lines for their schools.

The changes would go into effect for the 2018-2019 school year and would address problems of overcrowding and more evenly distributing the student population between schools.

Another reason they are drawing new boundaries is the construction of Lenexa Hills Elementary School.

Leaders showed plans for two different boundaries at Tuesday night’s meeting and parents brought up their concerns.

Generally, schools west of I-35 would be affected. Two schools to the east of I-35 would be as well.

Some parents worry the board is rushing into a vote before it’s been properly thought out.

“Rising Star is one of the schools that is affected by overcrowding, and I agree there is a need to take care of that, but I feel that we're not in a rush. We've got two years before this is going to be taking effect. Why are we rushing to throw a plan together over one weekend,” said Christina Middleton, parent of a Rising Star student.

The school board is scheduled to vote on Thursday.

Changes have already been approved to the boundaries of East Antioch and Overland Park Elementary schools.