Land east of Highway 75 will be transferred from Springfield Platteview Community Schools to Bellevue Public Schools.
The SPCS Board of Education had discussed the transfer internally for several months, and SPCS Superintendent Brett Richards said the transfer falls in line with the vision of Sarpy County’s four prominent school districts that the districts would be similar in physical size and in the long term, when all four are fully built out, would have balanced student populations.
Both districts’ school boards approved the change in May, BPS at its meeting on May 6 and SPCS on May 13. The State Committee for the Reorganization of School Districts approved the transfer on May 31 and the transfer will go into effect Jan. 1, according to documents.
The two districts previously had a 2016 land agreement in which SPCS agreed to transfer land east of 60th Street to BPS after BPS, or the developer of the land, paid SPCS for the value of the land. The transfer approved in May speeds up that process.
“We feel it was a fair deal for both sides,” Richards said.
The SPCS board vote was 5 to 1, with Bob Icenogle as the lone no vote.
Richards said his district will be in good shape because even though it will lose property tax base from the transfer it will gain value from businesses coming in on the western side of the district, most notably along the Highway 50 corridor where two data centers and other industrial growth is rapidly occurring.
“The majority of our board feels this is the best for when we look forward to our own growth,” Richards said.
Most of the students who live in the transferred area already option out of SPCS, Richards said, and now the district is working with families who do attend to change to opt in enrollment.