Farmer’s Korner kids won’t be heading to Frisco Elementary

Kathryn Turner
Summit Daily News

For now, there will be no changes to the school boundaries between Frisco and Upper Blue Elementaries.

The Summit School District formed an advisory committee in March to examine the development and growth projections for Upper Blue, and determine if some of the elementary’s students should be sent to Frisco starting in the fall of 2013. Upper Blue will hit its capacity for students at some point (although the district isn’t sure when), and Frisco operates below its limit. This past school year, the school had 212 students.

Summit District’s goal is to have at least 300 students in each elementary school, which is the mark at which each is financially viable.

If a change went through, an estimated 28 elementary-age students from the Farmer’s Korner area would have been affected.

But after meeting a few times – including once with community members – the advisory committee decided it was best to wait. Developments near Upper Blue, particularly Block 11 in Breckenridge, would have the greatest impact on Upper Blue’s enrollment. But right now, it’s on hold.

“They felt the development of Block 11 was really going to be the trigger,” Karen Strakbein, the district’s assistant superintendent for business services told the school board Tuesday night.

The committee recommends limiting out-of-bound students who want to attend Upper Blue before making any boundary changes. The idea was echoed by parents who went to the community meeting.

But, Upper Blue has not hit its limit yet, so can still take out-of-boundary students, Strakbein said. If the school continues to grow, new students wanting to opt in would be limited – the district’s current practice.

The boundary advisory committee will reconvene in a year to update information and review the status of Breckenridge developments.

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