The View 38002 December 2016- January 2017

**************ECRWSS**** LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper theview .com December 2016 / January 2017 New Schools, Residential Growth Spur Rezoning for Arlington Schools By Terry Louderback On December 13, the Arlington Community Schools Board of Education approved a rezoning plan for Arlington Elementary School and Donelson Elementary School that will go into effect for the 2017-18 School Year. At an earlier community meeting on November 29 at Arlington High School, ACS Superintendent Tammy Mason described six month planning process for the draft proposal that included input from parents and principals, as well as representatives from transportation, facilities, and academics. With the opening of Lakeland Middle Preparatory School (grades 5 -8), Lakeland residents who were previously zoned for Arlington Middle School will be assigned to LMPS. According to Shared Services Planner Nedra Jones, approximately 347 current 6th and 7th graders at AMS will be impacted. As a result, enrollment for the 2017-18 school year at Arlington Middle is anticipated to be around 1000 students. As well, approximately 150 Lakeland residents previously assigned to attend Donelson Elementary School will be rezoned for Lakeland Elementary School. That leaves DES with an enrollment of 600 students, and approximately 60% utilization, well below the 8085% range that Jones described as “ideal”. Jones explained to the attendees that this shift in students away from Donelson, as well as the location of current residential development in Arlington in the east and north of the town along Milton Wilson Blvd, and Forrest St., created the need to rebalance the attendance zones. According to Jones, 460 lots are planned for development in the current Arlington Elementary zone compared to five in the existing Donelson Elementary zone. The proposed plan shifts 247 students in grades pre-K through 4th from Arlington Elementary School to Inside this edition... Donelson Elementary. All kindergarten through 5th grade students currently zoned to Arlington Elementary and residing in the area north of Interstate 40, south of Highway 70, east of State Route 385 and west of Airline Road and Harrell Road will be rezoned to Donelson Elementary. This area includes the following subdivisions: Villages of Summer Meadows, Snyder Grove, Summer Meadows, Harrell’s Ridge, and Hall Creek Apartments. With the rezoning, both elementary schools will have enrollments close to 800 students. Additional information about the rezoning proposal may be found on the Arlington Community Schools website at Happenings, p.2 Business News, p. 4 Lakeland Sets Start Times for 2017-18 In November, the Lakeland School System Board of Education approved the following school start times for 2017-18: Lakeland Middle Preparatory School - 8 AM Lakeland Elementary School - 9 AM Due to the lack of pedestrian accessibility to the new middle school, bus transportation will be provided for all Lakeland students in grades 5-8 beginning in 2017. The parent responsibility zone will remain the same for students in grades K-4 attending Lakeland Elementary School. ”Poking in the Pond” Camp, p. 6 School News, starts on p. 7 Views from 38002, p. 12