How were options developed?

How were the options developed?

Using Google Earth and the district’s transportation software (VersaTrans), which also plots residential location data for all students in the Rio Rancho district, the Stapleton attendance zone was divided into geographic cells, or “pockets” based on natural boundaries such as arroyos as well as roads, transportation routes and access, fence lines, and other features.  VersaTrans then extracted data on the number of students in each pocket at each grade level. 

All of the Stapleton attendance zone was included within “pockets” except for the industrial areas on the far east end and the area bordered by the Montoyas Arroyo, Northern, and Loma Colorado which includes Stapleton, Eagle Ridge Middle School, and Rio Rancho High as well as other industrial and city facilities.  There are some homes in this area, located south of Eagle Ridge, but they are within 4-6 blocks of Stapleton and would probably not be moved in any reasonable boundary scenario. 

A small steering committee consisting of school principals, transportation staff, and administrators met to look at potential boundary adjustments and data.  Due to time constraints the steering committee did not include parents, but the process includes ample opportunities for parent input.  The committee considered several areas for possible adjustments.  The data was then presented to the Superintendent.   Based on her and the committee’s input, the school board approved taking a proposal to parents for input and comment.  The board will consider the data and parent input in making a final decision about any boundary adjustments.  A final decision should be made in March or early April at latest.