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MCPS prepares to approve some school boundary changes

Posted at 7:48 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 09:49:23-04

MISSOULA – Missoula County Public Schools leaders are ready to enact some boundary changes for the city’s elementary schools for next year after months of work.

However, some changes that have been discussed will need further study before they’re actually enacted.

The district had a special advisory committee that’s been working on the boundary adjustments for the elementary schools since last fall.

District administrators say the boundaries haven’t been adjusted in a decade, and the changes are needed to match shifting enrollments.

But there’s also the shift in facilities as the district completes its massive Smart Schools 2020 building program.

The panel has looked at a number of schemes and will ask trustees to give final approval to part of the plans next week.

That will be solely focused on adjusting the boundaries between Chief Charlo Elementary School, and the new Jeannette Rankin Elementary School, which opened this year.

District spokeswoman Hatton Littman says other possible changes in the center of town will await further study later this year.

The boundary changes between Chief Charlo and Rankin schools would become effective on July 1 if the trustees approve the changes.