Locust Grove will help relieve overcrowding

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By The Staff

The construction of Locust Grove Elementary School is moving forward well ahead of schedule. Located on the East Oldham campus off of Ky. 22, the new school will have a capacity of 700 and open school with about 590 students. With the opening of Locust Grove Elementary School in August, the district’s elementary school crowding will decrease significantly — dropping from our current number of 123 percent to 101.1 percent capacity. The Kentucky Department of Education establishes enrollment capacity numbers for each school. The district goal is to reach and maintain an overall capacity that is less than 100 percent.The Oldham County Department of Pupil Personnel has been working during the past year to develop plans for changing the boundary lines for each of the elementary schools, excluding Goshen at Hillcrest and Harmony Elementary schools. Three priorities were established as we began this process. Our first priority is to lower the enrollment at each of the affected schools. Second, it is our desire to leave as many families as possible in their current school. We understand that changing schools is a difficult adjustment for families. Third, we consider the demographic makeup of each school and work to maintain what is currently in place. The draft plan that we will present to the board of education on Jan. 28 is built upon these basic goals. The transportation department has adjusted its elementary bus schedules for the 2008-09 school year to include the changes outlined in the plan. Achieving the three goals mentioned earlier and designing a transportation schedule that supports these goals has required a lot of time and effort, including several revisions. Each elementary principal has been included in the process and has had the opportunity to see how these new elementary boundaries affect the overall student population in their school. The Oldham County Board of Education will consider the new boundary plans at its Jan. 28 meeting at Harmony Elementary School and will vote on the plan at the Feb. 25 meeting at Oldham County Middle School. Detailed information regarding the plan will be released to the media during the week of Jan. 14.Included in the recommendations to the board of education are the following guidelines. 1. Any 2008-09 fifth-grader may finish their fifth-grade year at their 2007-08 school. This will not apply to siblings. 2. Elementary transfer requests approved prior to Dec. 18 may remain at their current school. 3. Elementary transfer requests submitted after Dec. 18 will not be approved for the 2008-09 school year.Our commitment to each family and to our community is to continue to provide a high quality educational experience for each student in every Oldham County classroom. We believe this plan will help maintain a balanced enrollment at each school as well as allow as much flexibility as possible as we all adjust to these changes.

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