Surveys were mailed Thursday to parents within the area that would be affected by a boundary change involving Reading and Stewart elementary schools.
If a public meeting held Wednesday is any indication, though, the boundary change - designed to relieve overcrowding at Reading - will face little opposition.Of the 11 parents who endured until the end of the two-hour meeting, nine were in favor and two were opposed to the boundary change.
Ribbing the crowd for "having all the babies" and "filling the schools," area director Russ Olson said it's the parents' responsibility to help the school district in the challenge of housing all the elementary students.
"We increase enough students every year to fill a high school," Olson said, noting that total student enrollment has grown from 43,000 in 1983 to 55,000 in 1990.
One of the elementary schools hardest hit by the growth has been Reading, whose enrollment has ballooned as a result of unexpectedly high residential construction.
Though the school's capacity has been extended to 665 with three portable classrooms, the school currently has 767 students and is projected to have 828 this fall.
On the table, however, is a plan to move 72 students from Reading to Stewart. The area that would be affected by the change is bordered by Main and I-15 and by 1500 North and Rick's Creek.
Several parents questioned the wisdom of the plan, which was the recommendation of a parent-administrator committee.
The biggest concern is safety.
Elaine James, who lives in the affected area, said she and her neighbors are concerned about their children having to walk along 400 West, which is a busy street and has no sidewalks.
"What are you doing to alleviate that hazard to our children?" she asked. Olson promptly appointed her to be part of a committee to look into solutions to the safety issue.
Parent Jack Roelofs said he is opposed to the boundary change because he recently moved to Centerville from Rose Park and is con-cerned about disrupting his 4th-grade daughter's progress.
"They've done wonders with her here (at Reading)," he said.
Others asked about the possibility of a new school, but Assistant Superintendent Stephen Ronnenkamp said state law prohibits the building of a new elementary school until all existing elementary schools have been placed on a year-round or extended-day schedule.
Another parent asked whether Reading would be put on a year-round schedule. Olson said there's a "strong possibility" that would happen by the 1992-93 school year.
The boundary change proposal will likely go to the Davis School Board on April 16. If approved by the board, it would go into effect this fall.