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Continued: Burnsville district crafts plans to shift students

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 11, 2013 - 4:47 PM

This time parents “have been very understanding. They’re aware of the needs of the district and that some things need to change,” Clegg said.

Sweep said the board will consider the plans over the summer and hold more community forums in the fall, with a decision by late fall, she said.

But even when a decision is made, the board will continue to look at longer-term solutions to balance the district’s demographics and make the best use of facilities.

The board will consider things like creating more magnet schools, moving sixth-graders into middle school and shifting ninth-graders into the high school, she said.

At the work session, Clegg said he favors pursuing the blue option, but eventually making the elementary schools K-5 and considering more magnet schools. Sweep said she doesn’t have an opinion yet on which plan would be best.

But Denise Morgan, whose son will be in second grade at Sky Oaks, does. After attending all three forums and the work session, she said she prefers the red option but would be fine with either plan that pairs schools together.

“My concern with just doing the boundaries is that it doesn’t change anything structurally in the district, so we’re going to be having the same discussion again in five years,” Morgan said.

She said she loves Sky Oaks, but she has seen firsthand the effects of concentrated poverty there.

“I’m trying to just accept that any change would be positive,” she said. “When you’re at Sky Oaks, you need change.”

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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