Other Stapleton zone areas

Were Other Areas of the Stapleton Zone Considered for Adjustments?

In a word, yes.  The entire Stapleton attendance zone was considered.  Here are some other areas that were looked at but are not at this time recommended for changes:

Loma Colorado areaLoma Colorado and Cascades:

Loma Colorado now accounts for a significant percentage of Stapleton’s enrollment, with 438 students.  In addition, there is significant development still occurring in Loma Colorado.  City estimates in July 2016 were that 465 single family units still remained to be built, but that number is likely now lower.  The primary current areas of development in Loma Colorado are in the far west end of the development across from the RRHS athletic fields, and in the far northeast corner of the development adjacent to The Neighborhood. The northeast development is an exclusive gated community; the western development are homes more geared towards younger families. 

However, for several reasons, Loma Colorado was not a good candidate to be considered for a boundary adjustment.  Large portions of Loma Colorado lie within the one-mile Stapleton walk zone; also, the adjacent schools (Martin Luther King, Jr. and Maggie Cordova) are at or over capacity.  Rio Rancho Elementary has a little space; however, that space may be needed at a future date to relieve MLK. 

The Cascades, which was moved from MLK to Stapleton in 2005, has only 14 students, lies within the 1-mile walk limit, and is not recommended for change. 

Abrazo areaAbrazo east of Unser north to Northern Blvd:

This area includes the “Abrazo Triangle” (bordered by Unser, Idalia, the Montoyas Arroyo, and Abrazo Rd.), and the area immediately north across Idalia to Northern.  It includes 59 students (17 4th graders).  Remaining development in the area is limited (large homes, large lots).  This area was considered principally because there is a significant natural boundary – the Montoyas Arroyo – as well as Broadmoor Blvd. between it and Stapleton.  However, it lies within a mile of Stapleton and was not considered to be a good area to readjust. 

Vista HillsVista Hills:

Vista Hills is the oldest historic part of the Stapleton district, and portions of it were adjacent to Stapleton when it was first built in its original location in 1990.  It contains the second largest population of Stapleton students after Loma Colorado: 321 students including 48 4th graders.  It contains at least four areas that could be geographically delineated to move either to Enchanted Hills Elementary or to Rio Rancho Elementary.

While large numbers of students could theoretically be moved, taking any contiguous neighborhood into Rio Rancho Elementary and/or Enchanted Hills Elementary would likely take enrollment at these two schools significantly over their capacities (750 at RRE and 800 at EHE) unless those schools were, in turn, relieved into other adjacent schools.  This might be required in a district-wide boundary adjustment at a later date, but does not lend itself to a small-scale adjustment designed to provide limited relief.  Finally, moving students to Enchanted Hills would move them across the Northern Blvd. high school feeder boundary. 

Given the long-standing historic ties to Stapleton (dating back to its construction in 1990) and its former adjacency to the neighborhood, there has been a general and understandable reluctance to move Vista Hills to another school.  In 2005, when Stapleton moved out of the immediate neighborhood, a commitment was made to families that Stapleton would remain their neighborhood school.