The West Ada School District announced a committee has revised proposed changes to attendance boundaries after hearing public comments and receiving more than 500 emails regarding the changes.

According to the district, both Eagle and Heritage middle schools are over capacity — Eagle by 291 students and Heritage by 341 students.

A committee of parents has spent the past few months working on a proposal to reduce overcrowding at those schools and to create an attendance area for the new Star Middle School, which will open this fall.

In addition to the middle school attendance areas, the committee also proposed changes to the Andrus Elementary School attendance area to prevent the school from becoming overcrowded, according to the committee’s proposal.

The committee took the input it received during public meetings and emails into consideration and made changes to the proposal. The input was conflicting at times, so not everyone will be happy or completely happy with the changes, the district said.

Some of the feedback that influenced the changes include not changing the current high school attendance areas, keeping neighborhoods together, avoid splitting elementary schools and minimizing the distance between houses and schools, according to the district.

The proposal will be presented to the district’s board of trustees Jan. 16.

According to the district, in the new proposal, the attendance boundary for the new Star Middle School responds to requests to not move the Spurwing, Ashbury and Foxtail subdivisions to Star Middle. It adds an undeveloped portion of Heritage Middle School’s boundaries to Star and includes an area on the west side of Park Lane between Beacon Light and State Street in the Star Middle School attendance area.

Under the proposal, Star Middle School will open with an enrollment of 642 students. The capacity is 1,000.

Eagle Middle School’s enrollment will drop below capacity to 822 students in this fall.

The changes made to the proposal regarding Heritage Middle School’s boundaries respond to requests that high school attendance remain unchanged, neighborhoods aren’t split and elementary schools aren’t split. The school’s enrollment is still over capacity at 1,255 for fall 2018, but it reduces enrollment enough to avoid having to add portable classrooms to the campus.

Students who live south of Ustick Road and attend Ponderosa Elementary and students at Willow Creek and Paramount elementary schools respectively will stay together through high school.

The revised proposal can be viewed at westada.org.

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