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JCPS school board to discuss Norton Commons school boundary lines

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New JCPS elementary school is being built in Norton Commons (Photo by WDRB reporter Toni Konz) New JCPS elementary school is being built in Norton Commons (Photo by WDRB reporter Toni Konz)
The proposed boundaries for the new school. The proposed boundaries for the new school.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education will receive an update Monday on four possible scenarios for the assignment of students at the district's new school that is being built in the Norton Commons subdivision in northeastern Jefferson County.

The work session will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Westport Middle School, which is the site of all school board-related meetings taking place on Oct. 12.

According to the staff note, officials considered four things in drawing the boundary lines: (1) the number of students the building can accommodate, (2) the number of students who attend JCPS, (3) the continued development at Norton Commons and (4) expected development in other parts of northeastern Jefferson County.

JCPS held a public meeting on May 27 to discuss a proposal that had two recommendations: Part of Chancey Elementary (in Cluster 10) would be redistricted to the new school (gray in the attached map); and a small section of Zachary Taylor Elementary's (in Cluster 11) boundary (green in attached map) would be changed to Norton Elementary.

Those boundaries where then proposed to the school board on June 8, but some board members had requested additional information about the boundaries before considering for approval.

At Monday's meeting, district officials will discuss three additional options for drawing the boundaries:

  • - Draw the boundary using only Chancey existing boundary area  and no changes to Zachary Taylor
  • - Draw the boundary using Chancy's existing boundary area, keep the recommendation for the Zachary Taylor boundary and add the Langdon Place subdivision.
  • - Place the new school in a different elementary school cluster (other than in clusters 10 or 11)

The new school will cost approximately $15 million to build and will have a capacity of 650 students, but is only expected to have an enrollment of 400 students when it opens in August 2016.

District officials say that even though the school is being built in Norton Commons, it is not a school just for that community — it will serve students across the entire county.

Board member Diane Porter was the only person to vote against the school over concerns that the district had plenty of open seats at other elementary schools. She also said she was worried the new school would not fit within the perimeters of the student-assignment plan, which looks at race, income and education levels of students' neighborhoods when assigning children to schools.

Dempsey has previously said JCPS' diversity guidelines have broadened in recent years, which will ensure the new school would be in compliance with the district's student assignment plan.

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Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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