Boundary Planning Blueprint: Parent-Centric Boundary Planning Leads to Timely Success
In November 2015, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, the fourth largest district in Minnesota with over 28,000 students, approved a funding referendum to build its first new elementary school in 22 years, driven by a new annual student growth rate of 1.4 percent. Additional factors contributing to the growth include free all-day kindergarten recently approved by the state of Minnesota and a new emphasis on pre-K programing designed to close the achievement gap. All-day kindergarten alone requires an additional 22 classrooms across the district above and beyond PK needs.
The district needed to outline new boundaries for its 19th elementary school. After determining potential school locations, administrators followed an organized series of steps over a short period of time to achieve a highly successful and timely outcome.