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West Aurora district shifting boundaries for middle school

Updated: December 14, 2012 6:06AM

AURORA — Parents of about 200 middle school students on the near West Side of Aurora will be receiving a letter in the mail notifying them that their children will be attending a different middle school next school year.

The boundary changes are an effort to balance attendance between the district’s four middle schools, according to Pete Kerl, assistant superintendent for operations. If no changes were made, Herget and Jefferson middle schools would have enrollments of about 800 students, while Washington would have 520.

“As you can see by these numbers, we will have an imbalance that needs to be addressed,” he said.

The boundary proposal will also be discussed at the Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 School Board meetings. There will also be three informational meetings in mid November for parents and students impacted by the change.

Parents and students impacted by the move from Herget to Washington can attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Washington Middle School. Parents and students impacted by the move from Hall to Freeman elementary schools can attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Freeman Elementary School. Parents and students impacted by the move from Jefferson to Washington can attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Washington Middle School.

Herget Middle School Principal Rachel Hattendorf and Jefferson Middle School Principal Pat Cross both said that overcrowding would have a detrimental impact on their buildings, and that neither was designed to hold 800 students.

“None of us want to lose kids, but it’s something that we have to look at,” Cross said.

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