Nearly 300 Centerville area elementary students could change schools next fall under recommendations from a school boundary study committee.
But Davis School District officials on Tuesday predicted some opposition to the proposal, aimed at balancing enrollments at Stewart, Centerville, Taylor and West Bountiful elementary schools. Davis Board of Education member William Moore said he already has received such phone calls from parents.The recommended boundary change would require some Stewart and Centerville elementary students to change schools.
A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at Centerville Junior High School, 625 S. Main in Centerville, from 7 to 8 p.m. The board is to act on the issue next month.
"You can't expect unanimous agreement. People don't like changes," Superintendent Darrell White said.
The recommendation, approved by 97 percent of the board-appointed committee of 30 parents, principals and teachers, reverses last month's announcement that the committee could not reach consensus.
The plan was drafted by Chase Rogers, district director of growth and planning, and accounts for safety issues, said Marilyn Oberg, district elementary director. It had not been debated before.
"It's important for you to know this has been a sincere effort on the part of the committee," Oberg told the board.
Centerville area schools are experiencing uneven growth. Centerville, West Bountiful and Taylor enrollments are declining amid low development. Stewart enrollment, on the other hand, is growing.
Under the plan, 40 Centerville Elementary students living just north of Taylor Elementary's boundaries would attend Taylor next year. Even with the addition, Taylor's enrollment, now at 17 percent over capacity, would drop 6 percent, plan projections show.
Another 70 Centerville Elementary students living just north of West Bountiful Elementary's boundaries would attend West Bountiful next year. Even with the addition, West Bountiful's enrollment would drop from 3 percent to 1 percent over capacity.
But Centerville Elementary also would gain nearly 180 students from Stewart Elementary. Those students live in the northwest corner of Stewart boundaries, next to Reading Elementary's boundaries. But Reading is 3 percent over capacity and can take no more students.
Stewart, for that matter, is at 98 percent capacity and growing; the change would bring enrollments to 96 percent.
That boundary change, however, would create an "island," which committee members had hoped to avoid.
"We like to always have contiguous boundaries but the most important thing to consider is how to balance enrollments so children can have an optimum school experience," Oberg said.
After the shuffling, Centerville would end up at 99 percent capacity. The school's enrollment currently is at 97 percent capacity and declining.
All numbers are based on projected numbers of incoming kindergarteners.