The Blue Valley School District will reconfigure school boundaries to address overcrowding at two of its elementary schools.
On Monday evening, the Blue Valley Board of Education voted in favor of setting new boundaries for Valley Park Elementary, which is in Leawood, as well as Overland Trail, Harmony and Timber Creek elementary schools, all in Overland Park.
The change is expected to impact roughly 220 students, who will be moved to other nearby elementary schools.
Discussions about new boundaries started months ago
- District officials began discussing the need for new elementary boundaries earlier this spring, predicting that enrollment at both Overland Trail and Valley Park would surpass 600 students in coming years.
- The board’s Facility Planning Committee formed initial recommendations in February, which the board revisited in May.
- According to the most recent district data, enrollment for the 2022-23 year showed 586 students attended Overland Trail and 647 attended Valley Park.
Which neighborhoods will leave Overland Trail?
- Under the most recent boundary recommendations, families living in the Savoy and Sandstone Creek neighborhoods off 143rd Street and Metcalf Avenue would be moved from Overland Trail to Harmony.
- Residents in the Villas of Chapel Green, Glen Abbey, High Villas and Highlands Creek neighborhoods off 143rd and Nall would move from Overland Trail to Prairie Star Elementary.
- Residents living in the Plaza Gardens neighborhood off 139th and U.S. 69 Highway would move from Overland Trail to Harmony.
Which neighborhoods will leave Valley Park?
- Students living in the Autumn Park, Villages of Overland View and Executive Hills neighborhoods would move from Valley Park to Indian Valley.
- Students living in the Deer Creek neighborhood off College Boulevard and Antioch Road would leave Valley Park for Overland Trail.
- Students living in the Villas of Carrington Square Area off 135th Street and Antioch Road would move from Harmony to Heartland.
- The district also amended its recommendations to move a small section of the Bluestem neighborhood off 151st Street and Quivira Road from Timber Creek to Morse Elementary.
Most new boundaries will go into effect in the 2024-25 year
- The new Timber Creek Elementary boundary will go into effect for the 2023-24 school year — which will impact only one elementary family this fall, according to district officials.
- Students in grades six through 12 who want to remain in their current feeder system can be grandfathered in, the district says.
- Students in pre-kindergarten through third grade who want to stay at their current schools can submit transfer requests next spring.