Columbia School Board to discuss proposed Mill Creek area boundary change

Sunday, November 10, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CST; updated 7:47 a.m. CST, Monday, November 11, 2013

*CORRECTION: An elementary school is being built in northeast Columbia. An earlier version of this article located the school in the wrong part of town.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board is expected to further discuss on Monday the temporary boundary change proposed to relieve overcrowding at Mill Creek Elementary School.


Documents for Monday's meeting can be accessed on the Columbia Public Schools website.

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Assistant Superintendent Peter Stiepleman is scheduled to show the board the presentation he gave Oct. 29 to the Mill Creek community about the proposed change and to share community feedback from that meeting.

The proposed boundary change, which would affect neighborhoods off of Scott and Forum boulevards for the 2014-15 school year, is intended to reduce Mill Creek's enrollment by 100 to 120 students and relieve overcrowding until a new elementary school on the southwest side of Columbia opens in 2016.The affected students would go to Russell Boulevard Elementary School or Paxton Keeley Elementary school.

It is also hoped that the proposed boundary changes would remain in effect when the new school opens.

District administrators are confident that they can keep the proposed boundary for Russell Boulevard Elementary School, according to a document prepared for board members.

The neighborhood moved to Paxton Keeley Elementary School under the proposed change could be made part of the new elementary school, according to the document, but "district administrators feel those students who were moved can continue to be offered the option to stay at Paxton Keeley or go to the new school."

*Northeast elementary school name

*The committee formed to name the new elementary school in northeast  Columbia will now also be tasked with naming the new southwest elementary school and the new early childhood care center, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

"The board redirected the naming committee (Thursday) now that we have land for the southwest school and the early childhood care center will be on John B. Lange Middle School's property," Baumstark said.

The committee was approved at the board's Oct. 14 meeting and has met three times since then.

Baumstark said that the committee will not make a formal presentation at Monday's meeting.

Nominations for school names will reopen Monday and continue to be accepted through Nov. 22.

Bond updates

The board is expected to discuss the April 2014 $50 million bond issue proposal. The bond issue would create a 4- or 5-cent tax increase to help pay down the debt service, Baumstark said.

The district plans to ask the community to approve four bond issues between 2014 and 2020. Each complies with the district's 10-year facility bond plan to meet enrollment growth needs and fund building projects.

Some funds from the April 2014 bond issue would go toward opening a new elementary school in eastern Columbia, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The board will also be asked Monday to vote on an offer for the February 2014 sale of $50 million in general obligation bonds from April 2010 and April 2012 voter authorizations. The sale's proceeds would be used to construct a new elementary school, to make improvements and expansions at various locations around the district and to fund technology improvements, according to a document prepared for the meeting.

The board meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Neil C. Aslin District Administration Building, 1818 W Worley St.

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