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St. Vrain Valley board approves enrollment boundaries for new Erie, Frederick schools
By Amy Bounds, Times-Call Staff Writer
Parents looking to make school choice decisions or get more involved in planning for St. Vrain Valley's two new schools can move forward now that official school boundaries are in place.
The St. Vrain Valley School District on Wednesday unanimously approved enrollment boundaries for both the 900-student PK-8 school in Erie and the 525-student elementary school in Frederick's Wyndham Hill neighborhood.
"I really want to make sure we set future boards up to make successful boundary decisions," said board Vice President Joie Siegrist. "We need to think about now, but also five or six years down the road."
Planning teams now can start working on naming the schools, while the district will refine its enrollment projections so the schools can start hiring. Both the new and existing schools also will have space available for open enrollment, with the new Erie school already receiving 200 open enrollment applications.
Adopted Boundaries for Erie PK-8
Adopted Boundaries for Elementary 27
Middle and High School Boundaries
"We're creating space, so we have plenty of opportunity for parents to open enroll where they want," said St. Vrain Planning Director Scott Toillion.
The two new schools are part of the $260.3 million bond issue approved by voters in 2016. A third new elementary school also is included, with the district planning to build it in either the Carbon Valley or Erie, depending on growth.
The new Erie school, located next to Erie High School on County Road 5, will draw students from Black Rock, Erie and Red Hawk elementary schools. Black Rock is the most overcrowded at 115 percent of capacity.
The plan is for the PK-8 to act as its own feeder system, with no other elementary schools feeding in for middle school. All other Erie elementary schools would continue to feed into Erie Middle, which now is at almost 150 percent of capacity.
The scenario approved by the school board uses Colo. 52 as the northern boundary and I-25 as the eastern boundary. On the south edge, the boundary jogs along Colo. 7 to Sheridan to Weld County Road 4. The western boundary follows the western edge of the Colliers Hill neighborhood.
Palisade Park, a development in Broomfield, also is included in the new boundary.
Most of the concern about the boundary scenarios came from Erie's Vista Pointe neighborhood, with parents lobbying to stay at Black Rock Elementary instead of switching to the new school.
The school board, however, agreed to move that neighborhood to the new school because of concerns that Black Rock and Erie Middle would quickly end up overcrowded again, while the new school wouldn't have enough students.
Under the scenario that would've kept Vista Pointe at Black Rock, the district predicted Black Rock would be at about 105 percent of capacity, while Erie Middle would be about 130 percent of capacity.
The new Frederick school will draw students mainly from areas of Centennial and Legacy Elementary schools.
The new school's northern boundary is Colo. 119, with I-25 as the eastern boundary and Colo. 52 as the southern boundary.
To help with the transition, the school board agreed to grandfather current fifth- and eighth-grade students at their existing schools and provide transportation for those students for at least a year.
Superintendent Don Haddad also promised the district will work with families to make sure they're not negatively affected by the changes.
"We really don't want to disrupt families," he said.