Wayzata School Board Approves New District Attendance Boundaries

May 21, 2018 10:40 PM

With springtime comes growth, change, and new beginnings.

But changes coming to Wayzata Schools aren’t as welcome as the warmer weather.

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“You’re moving kids that don’t need to be moved,” parent Robby Potashnick said to the school board ahead of Monday night’s vote approving the latest plan.

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Administrators came up with the new attendance boundaries over in the past few weeks after listening to feedback from families.

About 500 current students will be affected by the boundary change. That’s out of about 17,000 school-aged children in the area.

“Do those numbers truly justify the impact that it will have on the families?” parent Sarah McLean asked.

The goal is to help fill a new elementary school while also better preparing the district for projected growth in the coming years.

Houses are popping up across the west metro in all of the communities that fit into Wayzata schools, especially Corcoran and parts of Plymouth.

Administrators say they expect 1,000 new households in the area by the year 2020.

The district runs a census every year to see where new babies have been born and which schools they would eventually attend.

Monday night, parents spoke out saying they feel their children are coming in second to students who haven’t yet been born.

“I know you guys are trying and you have tried,” Potashnick said. “Clearly you’re close, but you’re not quite there so let the other people who don’t exist be the ones who have to move.”

The board voted 5-1 in favor of the new boundaries.

“To have more kids means we have to have a place to educate them,” Board Vice Chair Andrea Cuene said.  “I’m trying to reframe it in my own mind as ‘it’s not a good problem to have but just a required part of the process to make sure we’re meeting the needs of each and every student in the district.’”

To learn more about the new school district boundaries, click here.

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