KALISPELL - The Kalispell Public Schools Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night on new borders for the elementary schools in the district.
The trustees have held multiple public meetings for the last few months to try to determine what the best option for the new boundaries are. The boundaries are being redrawn because of the new Jeannette Rankin Elementary school opening in the fall of 2018.
The boards rezoning of the boundary is an attempt to reduce overcrowding and plan for future growth in the schools. The board has shifted through five different options and has landed on “option F”, the sixth draft of the new boundary plan.
Tuesday night, the school board unanimously adopted the plan and will move forward with this as their frame of reference. Superintendent Mark Flatau made it clear that nothing is set in stone, even after the vote.
Flatau says come August 2018, everyone should feel a little more relieved that the issues of overcrowding will be fixed with the addition of the new school and boundaries.
“Everyone is going to be breathing a little lighter in regards to the fact that we will actually have spaces open for small group instruction and in the case of several of our schools we don’t have to use custodial closets for small group instruction,” said Flatau.