Zionsville Times Sentinel

Local News

January 1, 2014

Zionsville schools plan for future growth

Zionsville Community Schools have been busy preparing for the future.

In March, the ZCS Board of School Trustees unanimously approved making Boone Meadow Elementary a pre-K through grade-four facility and set new elementary school districts to more evenly balance occupancy at the schools.

ELEMENTARY SHIFT

Chief Operating Officer Bob Bostwick explained Stonegate Elementary was at 110-percent capacity with 674 K-fourth-grade students while Boone Meadow was at only 37-percent capacity with 219 preschool students. Following a study of the occupancy situation, a recommendation was made to assign pre-K through grade-four students in the Blackstone and Maple Grove housing developments south of Indiana 334 to Boone Meadow, shifting high growth potential to that school.

The move was to reduce Stonegate occupancy to 84 percent - still the highest of the elementary schools - and bump Boone Meadow's occupancy to 72 percent. The boundary changes will have a slight effect on the other elementary schools, bumping their capacities up by 1 percent to 3 percent.

The board also approved hiring a principal for the building, a decision member Bill Stanczykiewicz questioned given the cost.

"It's just part of doing business ...," Chief Financial Officer Mike Shafer replied as he explained the necessity.

At the April meeting, Superintendent Scott Robison announced Kris Landis as the new principal at Boone Meadow. Robison said Landis initially got the building furnished and up and running as an elementary school. Once the Stonegate facility came online, he explained, the elementary students were moved there and Landis opened Stonegate as principal.

"In 2005 (Boone Meadow) ceased being an elementary and became a middle school," Robison continued.

The building then served as Zionsville West Middle School until the present ZWMS building opened in 2007. At that point, Boone Meadow was closed for a time, then leased by MEDCO until 2009, when the school corporation started a preschool there.

In the spring, the board also approved requests by Chief Technology Officer Patti Bostwick to advertise for computer equipment and to acquire quotes for other equipment needed to re-outfit Boone Meadow.

The school opened again, with Landis at the helm, for kindergarten through fourth-grade classes in August.

NO NEW CONSTRUCTION DEBT

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Ford Road bridge to close about Aug. 1 Construction of a detour is nearly complete, and the Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek will be closed on or about Aug. 1, Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney said Monday, July 21.

    July 23, 2014

  • Library patrons learn about herb gardening There are more than 300 species of thyme, which has antiseptic properties and has had many uses throughout the ages, including rubbing it into the eyes to bring about visions of fairies. "Which I would imagine, if you grind herbs into your eyes, you'd be seeing fairies," quipped Amy Mullen, The Fraudulent Farmgirl blogger and lead designer at Spotts Garden Service in Indianapolis.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zionsville ranked No. 1 safe place in state An analysis by staff at the Movoto Real Estate Blog found that the safest city in Indiana is Zionsville.

    July 23, 2014

  • Whitestown to have commuter bus service Commuter bus service is coming to Whitestown through the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority.

    July 23, 2014

  • Plan Commission recommends approval for downtown study The downtown parking study and market analysis is one approval away from being added to the town's comprehensive plan.

    July 23, 2014

  • Downtown plan outlines strategies, goals The town of Zionsville is about to have another tool to help market and shape the future of the Village. A draft of the downtown Zionsville market study and parking analysis was presented to the working group Tuesday morning, June 24. It outlines several strategies and goals to help make downtown Zionsville more economically viable. The plan comes after the town adopted a strategic plan for the southeast quadrant of Zionsville as well as a comprehensive plan for the town.

    July 16, 2014

  • NWS ZT071614 Miss Boone County pic2 Zionsville local is crowned Miss Boone County Rachel Miller of Zionsville was crowned 2014 Miss Boone County 4-H Fair on Sunday, July 13. The 2013 Miss Boone County, Kate Emmert, was at the Witham Health Services Pavilion on the 4-H Fairgrounds to pass off her crown to Miller.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Work set to begin on summer projects The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees, at it's Monday, July 14, meeting, approved all summer construction projects and purchases for the corporation.

    July 16, 2014

  • NWS ZT071614 house fire.jpg ZFD Knocks Down Fire

    The Zionsville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 7880 Circle Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night, July 9.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • july9a.jpg VIDEO: Fourth of July celebration fills Lions Park

    Residents swarmed into Lions Park for Zionsville's Fourth of July celebration. The event included a watermelon eating contest, food, a kids area with inflatables, music, and of course, fireworks.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

Order Times Sentinel photos


Photos from July 2014

Facebook
Twitter Updates
AP Video
'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide