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Superintendent column: District explores need for resetting elementary attendance boundaries

Nick Ouellette

The School District regularly monitors elementary school enrollment and areas of housing growth as part of its long-term planning. The Board of Education has decided to review this data for the purpose of potentially resetting elementary attendance boundaries. The Board understands that few things are as important to parents as the school their child(ren) attend. The Board will consider all Hudson School District children while making thoughtful and caring decisions. The Board knows students receive a great education at any Hudson school; they also know that it is important for them to keep in mind the gravity of reviewing boundaries and the importance of engaging stakeholders. The community's participation in this review and potential change of attendance boundaries is critical and valued.

To assist with data collection and analysis, the School District will contract with RSP Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in school boundary analysis. In addition to providing the data that will help with decision-making, RSP will work with the Board of Education to develop decision-making criteria that a committee of stakeholders will use in making recommendations to the Board. This committee will include parents from each elementary school, elementary principals, Board members and school administrators. Other members may include representatives from School District municipalities, the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, realtors and other identified community stakeholders.

Committee members will be charged with:

• Thoroughly studying and reviewing all elementary school attendance areas.

• Developing recommendation(s) for the Board of Education regarding resetting elementary attendance areas.

• Serving as "key communicators" to the Hudson community throughout the process.

The Board of Education will begin their preliminary discussion and planning at their Feb. 26, 2018, work session. This work session will be held at River Crest Elementary School in the cafeteria/multi-purpose room and will begin at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this meeting to learn more about the decision-making criteria, process for determining committee membership and preliminary timeline.

The Board welcomes input from the community at all stages of this decision. For individuals who are not able to attend meetings, information will be shared on the School District website under the "Attendance Boundary Committee" tab. People are always welcome to provide input to the Board and School District administration by emailing comments or questions to connections@hudsonraiders.org.

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