In an effort to alleviate overcrowding at some schools and support enrollment in others, the Elkhorn Public Schools board is changing attendance boundaries.
The board voted 5-0 to approve the changes on Monday night. Board member Chuck Burney was absent.
Superintendent Bary Habrock has said the boundary changes are the most comprehensive the district has had to accomplish. They are being driven by growth and the opening of three new schools.
The district will open a high school and an elementary school in 2020-21. A new middle school will open in 2021-22. The schools are funded by a $149.6 million bond issue approved by voters in 2018.
Habrock said boundary changes are hard because when students are moved to different schools, relationships also change.
The superintendent said he thinks people understand the needs of the growing school district. Officials said Monday night that based on projections, the district will soon become the fifth-largest in the state.
“You can’t build new schools to relieve overcrowding without changing boundaries to fill those schools,” Habrock said. “That’s kind of the conversation we’ve had over the last three months.”
The district presented the changes to the school board and the public at two meetings in April. On the district’s website, there’s a neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of the changes.
New schools and renovations have prompted several districts in the area to make attendance boundary changes.
The Omaha Public Schools district is in the process of reviewing its attendance boundaries. Changes could affect all seven district high schools and multiple elementary and middle schools in South Omaha.