Starting next school year, local students from some neighborhoods could be attending different elementary schools. The Smyrna School District is considering changes to the attendance zones for its elementary schools, while at the same time establishing a feeder pattern for the new Clayton Intermediate School.


Starting next school year, local students from some neighborhoods could be attending different elementary schools.

The Smyrna School District is considering changes to the attendance zones for its elementary schools, while at the same time establishing a feeder pattern for the new Clayton Intermediate School.

At a public meeting on Oct. 20, the Smyrna Board of Education heard Assistant Superintendent Buddy Lloyd’s proposal for adjusting the boundaries of the elementary school attendance zones.

Lloyd said the changes are designed to create more room for enrollment growth at Clayton Elementary and Smyrna Elementary, which are both approaching their 600-student capacities.

Elementary school attendance zones

Under the proposed changes to the district’s elementary attendance zones, Rt. 300 would become the boundary between Clayton and Sunnyside.

As a result of this change, students who live in the Huntington Mills and Providence Crossing developments would attend Sunnyside Elementary instead of Clayton Elementary. According to the district, this change would affect about 70 students.

Two changes to the Smyrna Elementary zone have also been proposed. Carter Road would become the dividing line between Sunnyside and Smyrna. Also, the boundary between North Smyrna and Smyrna Elementary would be moved down to Big Oak Road.
Students who live in the Gardenside and Mill Creek Acres neighborhoods would attend Sunnyside Elementary instead of Smyrna Elementary, while students who live in Bombay Woods, in Burtonwood Village, and on Lawn Drive would attend North Smyrna Elementary instead of Smyrna Elementary. These changes would affect about 60 students.

All of these changes to the elementary school attendance zones would be effective for next school year (2011-12), if approved by the board.

Families whose children would switch schools based on the realignment would have the option of submitting a school choice application to have their children continue at their current schools. Parents would need to provide transportation to and from school for their children, though.

Which neighborhoods would be affected?

The following neighborhoods would be placed in different elementary school attendance zones under the proposal being considered by the Smyrna School District:

• Huntington Mills and Providence Crossing – would switch from Clayton Elementary to Sunnyside Elementary;

• Gardenside and Mill Creek Acres – would switch from Smyrna Elementary to Sunnyside Elementary;

• Bombay Woods, Burtonwood Village and Lawn Drive – would switch from Smyrna Elementary to North Elementary.

The elementary school changes would be effective next school year (2011-12).

 

Intermediate school attendance zones

The new elementary attendance zones would also serve as the basis for the feeder pattern for the district’s intermediate schools.

Students who live in the attendance zones for Clayton Elementary and Sunnyside Elementary would attend Clayton Intermediate School.

Students who live in the attendance zones for Smyrna Elementary and North Smyrna Elementary would attend John Bassett Moore Intermediate School.

The intermediate school feeder pattern would go into effect for the 2012-13 school year, when Clayton Intermediate School is scheduled to open.

School board to consider proposed zones Nov. 17

The Smyrna Board of Education didn’t make any final decision on the proposed changes at last week’s board meeting, but could do so next month.

“I think it looks wonderful, but I think we should give the community a month in case they want to contact us on anything,” said Board President Ron Eby at the Oct. 20 meeting.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Smyrna Elementary School.