There are many issues to consider when we look at the maps. We may end up needing separate threads.
For example, one thing I will be looking for (and I hope is in the presentation) is an enrollment number attached to each school. I know that some schools will likely be slightly undersized to allow for growth. Know this so that you can help others understand how they came by the size of the school and therefore its boundaries. It's even trickier for high schools as they will have Open Choice seats that may have sliding percentages based on their freshman class size.
I do know that Board members have been thinking about walk distances and the most basic question is: what is a reasonable walk distance for elementary, middle and high schools? The transportation eligibility distances - 1 mile for elementary, 2 miles for middle and 2.5 miles for high school - are set by the State.
Naturally there are questions that inform that answer like:
- Is the ability to walk with your child or have your child walk important to you? If so, is it more important at one level than another?
- Do you walk your child to school? If not, would you walk your child to school if the
distance was smaller?
- Would you like to bike to school with your child or have your child bike?
- If you walk or bike, how many city blocks would you estimate the trip to be?
- Do you cross any arterials using crosswalks or lights?
- What about being able walk to school for after-school or evening events when you might have more time to walk? Does that matter?
- How do you get your student to school currently if the walk distance seems too far but you are too close for transportation?