The ISD 318 School Board reviewed the elementary school boundaries at the March 16 School Board meeting. The boundaries will define attendance areas for Cohasset, East Rapids, and West Rapids Elementary Schools. (see image at right, click to enlarge)
“The boundary committee worked hard to create attendance areas that created equity among grade levels and socio-economic status and also took into account our current open enrollment students,” said Interim Superintendent Sean Martinson.
The Boundary Committee was made up of 20 members who represented parents, community members, and 318 staff. City of Grand Rapids staff were also involved in the process to ensure that the new boundaries took into account future growth within our area.
“The boundaries help to ensure that we don’t end up with a school of ‘haves’ and one of ‘have-nots,’” said Martinson.
Official site placement letters will be mailed to families in early April. Placements are based on a child’s home address.
In conjunction with creating the new elementary routes, the Transportation Department is taking this time to ensure that they have the most up-to-date transportation information from all families. This year, all families, regardless of grade level, are asked to complete a busing request form here on our site. Forms must be completed by May 31, 2020.
Teacher placements will be taking place on March 27, 2020. Teachers are able to select which school they would prefer to teach at based on seniority, but will remain in their current grade level. Families will be informed who their child’s classroom teacher is in early July 2020 as usual.
If families would prefer to attend a different school than their initial assigned placement, they may complete the Intra-District Transfer Application form. However, the district reserves the right of placement to maintain balance at all sites and no new transportation routes will be created should a family select a school other than their assigned location.
If you have questions about the process, please contact the 318 Enrollment Department at 218-327-5707 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.