Population growth and the addition of new schools are prompting changes to school boundaries in the Elkhorn Public Schools.

The district is opening a new high school, middle school and elementary school in the coming years. Elkhorn Superintendent Bary Habrock told the school board on Monday night that boundaries need to be changed to alleviate overcrowding at some schools and sustain enrollment numbers at others.

“This is the most comprehensive boundary change we’ve ever had to accomplish in our district,” Habrock said.

The new schools are being built and opened thanks to a $149.6 million bond program approved by voters in 2018.

The district created a list of how attendance boundaries would change for specific neighborhoods.

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Below are the highlights of the plan Habrock laid out to the school board for the district’s high schools. Administrators also have proposed changes for elementary and middle school students:

  • All seniors in the class of 2021 who live north of West Dodge Road will attend Elkhorn High School.
  • In the 2020-21 school year, students then in kindergarten through fourth grade living in Silverleaf, Five Fountains, 1010 on the Lake, Elk Ridge and Nrohkle would be assigned to Elkhorn High School.
  • Students in grades 5 through 9 living in those same neighborhoods would be grandfathered in to attend Elkhorn North High School, but families can ask not to be grandfathered in.

No changes are proposed to Elkhorn South High School boundaries.

The changes would take effect in August 2020 when Elkhorn North High School is set to open.

The proposal is not final. The school board plans to vote on the changes at its June 10 meeting.

Boundary changes often can be emotional and difficult for parents and students. It took Westside Community Schools two years, two public forums and one false start before boundaries were changed at three of the district’s 10 elementary schools earlier this year.

Omaha Public Schools has scheduled eight community meetings to go over proposed changes to elementary, middle and high school boundaries in that district. The meetings start this month.

“It’s friends. It’s familiarity with schools and teachers,” Habrock said of boundary changes. “And we understand all of that.”

Elkhorn sent a letter to parents on Monday night after presenting the boundary proposal to the school board. Details on the changes also can be found here.

The district will go over the boundary changes at a meeting April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Elkhorn High School, 1401 Veterans Drive.