After several months of meetings and an open house event, residents in the Blue Valley School District now officially know who will attend the district’s newest school.
The $24 million bond-funded project, currently dubbed “Elementary 24,” is being constructed in the expanding southwest portion of the district at 182nd Terrace and Long Street.
At their Monday meeting, the Blue Valley Board of Education unanimously approved the school’s enrollment boundaries.
Any household that resides west of U.S. 69 Highway and east of the midway point between Quivira and Pflumm Roads, between 183rd Street to the north and 215th Street to the south, will fall under the new school’s boundary lines.
Additionally, a portion of residences between 167th Street and 183rd Street will also be incorporated into the new school.
Here’s a map of the new school’s enrollment boundaries, the area colored in light green.
Currently, Wolf Springs Elementary encompasses the entirety of this area, so some students currently attending that school will be moved to “Elementary 24.”
“Wolfs Springs’ five-year projection predicts — if left unchanged with the development activity ramping up in that area — that they could reach over 800 students in five years from now,” Erik Pollom, Blue Valley assistant director of planning and operations, said.
Pollom said Wolf Springs is the only school in the surrounding area of the new elementary that is projected to exceed its desired capacity in the next few years and will likely be the only school whose current enrollment will be partially absorbed by Elementary 24.
Exemptions and the board’s opinion
Any students within the identified new boundary for Elementary 24 will be required to attend the new school for at least one semester, Pollom said.
The only exceptions to this rule are students, and siblings of students, enrolled at Wolf Springs’ Chinese Immersion Program, or students who are within the Elementary 24 boundary area but attend a different elementary school other than Wolf Springs.
In the end, the board unanimously agreed the presented boundary lines were the right option.
“I think [the new boundary] makes the most sense for our district financially, enrollment numbers-wise and, just as importantly, longevity,” Blue Valley Northwest area board member Stacy Obringer-Varhall said. “I feel like this will hopefully leave Wolf Springs with a set boundary, while allowing new growth to happen down there in the southwest part of the district.”
Elementary 24 is expected to open in August of 2023.
Pollom said when the elementary first opens, it is predicted the school will start with around 200 students, all of whom will have transferred from Wolf Springs.