Shawnee Heights Parents Study School Boundary Changes

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TECUMSEH, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee Heights school board is looking for input on proposed elementary school boundary changes.

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday night at the district's Tecumseh North Elementary School for a public comment session. District leaders outlined two proposals for possible attendance areas. Attendees then broke into smaller groups to discuss them before reconvening as a large group.

School board president Mark Hecker told 13 News in December that they look at new boundaries every four to five years. Right now, he says, one elementary school has 150 fewer students than the others, so the district is working to equalize the schools' enrollment.

Many parents expressed concerns that their children might have to change to a different school, while others worried if certain changes in a school's demographic makeup might cost the district funding.

On the other hand, some parents said they understood the district not having a choice in moving boundaries in order to ensure all students in all schools had access to the same opportunities.

Another meeting will be held at 7 pm next Wednesday, January 29th, at Shawnee Heights Elementary School.

The school board could finalize the new school boundary areas in March.