The Elizabethtown Area School District Board of School Directors approved the district's new attendance boundaries for its four primary elementary schools at its June 21, 2011, regular action meeting. The district drew the new attendance boundaries at this time due to the opening of the new Bear Creek School and the subsequent increase in classroom space at the other elementary schools, as well as the closing of Fairview Elementary School.
The goal of the redistricting plan was to redraw the school district’s attendance boundaries to balance enrollment across all primary elementary schools, be more fiscally responsible to all constituents, and plan for future growth. Key assumptions used to develop the plan were as follows:
- Include Bear Creek students on the elementary bus runs
- Maintain and/or reduce the number of buses currently used
- Create more defined boundaries for each of the four primary buildings (Bainbridge, East High Street, Mill Road, and Rheems Elementary Schools).
- Take into account the construction/renovation at East High for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Reassign students who attended Fairview Elementary during the 2010-2011 school year.
- Establish class size targets of 23 students in the primary grades (K-3).
Key Facts About the Redistricting Plan
- Plan primarily only impacts students in grades K-3 attending Bainbridge, East High Street, Mill Road, and Rheems Elementary Schools.
- Approximately 90% of the students K-3 will not be effected by the 2011-2012 redistricting plan.
- 132 students in grades K-3 have been reassigned to a new school (this includes 43 students who attended Fairview Elementary School during the 2010-2011 school year).
- There will be some adjustments for the 2012-2013 school year given the completion of construction at East High Street Elementary School.
- Average rider time for students is 31 minutes (21 minutes in 2010-2011).
Alternative Building Requests
Parents/Guardians may petition the District to have their child attend another school in the District outside of the designated attendance boundaries. This is called an Alternative Building Request. The District may grant requests based upon the availability of space, class sizes, and other factors. If your request is granted, transportation to and from the school will be your sole responsibility. The District retains the right to rescind exceptions granted up to the first day of school. If you wish to make an Alternative Building Request, click the link below to download the form. The form must be submitted to the District by August 1.