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Parents, community can comment at forums, online and by phone

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 10:15 a.m. CDT; updated 12:20 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 28, 2011

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COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools' secondary enrollment planning committee will hold eight forums in November to collect community feedback. It will be used to cut one of the three scenarios proposed to reconfigure boundaries for intermediate and high schools.

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Community members have several choices if they want to give the district feedback on the scenarios. The forums are one option. All will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the schools' media centers. Here's the schedule:

  • Nov. 1, Hickman High School
  • Nov. 3, Rock Bridge High School
  • Nov. 8, West Junior High School
  • Nov. 9, Jefferson Junior High School
  • Nov. 10, Oakland Junior High School
  • Nov. 15, Smithton Middle School
  • Nov. 16, Lange Middle School
  • Nov. 17, Gentry Middle School

The district will set up the maps for the three scenarios at each school building, along with comment cards. Each scenario has two maps: one for high school boundaries and one for intermediate school boundaries.

Those with Internet access can find the maps integrated with Google Maps at www.columbia.k12.mo.us/scenarios. These maps will be street-specific, and users can enter their address to find out exactly what schools their children would attend under each scenario.  

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said for the district to be able to consider comments, they must be made on the district's page.

Community members can also call the district’s offices at 214-3960.

At the end of November, the enrollment committee will select two of the scenarios to present to the board of education.

In December and January, the board will review the two and make further recommendations. Its final decision on boundaries will come in February.


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