By Matt Werner
Boone Meadow will once again be used as an elementary school starting with the 2013-14 school year.
The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night, Feb. 11, to assign new and under construction housing developments south of Ind. 334 – Blackstone and Maple Grove – to Boone Meadow. The move will also bring relief to Stonegate Elementary School, which is already at 110 percent capacity, with more students expected.
In addition to that measure, the school board also charged ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison and Chief Operating Officer Bob Bostwick with convening an informational meeting for Eagles Nest and Anson residents at Boone Meadow prior to the Monday, March 11, school board meeting. This informational meeting is in anticipation of a recommendation to implement boundary lines for Boone Meadow, which were adopted in 2002.
These moves will cause Boone Meadow to become a kindergarten through fourth-grade elementary school. Right now, Boone Meadow houses preschool programs.
“We believe strongly that Boone Meadow is the response to the situation at Stonegate,” Bostwick said. “If it were to open right now, Boone Meadow would be at 72 percent capacity; so, it would have some time to grow and co-locate with the preschool. Stonegate would be at 84 percent capacity, and we would obviously like to have that a little bit less. This gives Boone Meadow room to grow and takes the growth potential out of Stonegate for the most part.”
The measures were put on the agenda because the board received preliminary results of a demographics study from the Indiana Business Research Center.
Mike Shafer, ZCS chief financial officer, said that the IBRC has been doing the study for the district for years and are accurate.
“(The overcrowding at Stonegate) has created a number of issues already,” he said. “By fall of 2014, they are projecting that the 674 students now would be just on the other side of 750. The building would top 1,000 students if we don’t intervene.”
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.