Davenport school boundary lines could change by spring as district officials ramp up their discussions on the issue next month.
The Davenport School Board voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with discussions beginning Nov. 5, with Superintendent Art Tate bringing an outline of alternatives for moving boundaries and better balancing school populations.
The process also will include public forums in January and February, followed by a final board decision by March.
Board members Rich Clewell, Ralph Johanson, Bill Sherwood and Patt Zamora voted in favor of the plan Board member Nikki DeFauw arrived after the vote was taken. Board members Ken Krumwiede and Larry Roberson were not present.
“I know this is not popular with people, but it’s long overdue. It’s something we should have done a long time ago,” Zamora said. “A lot of our problems come from the fact that our population center has moved. Some schools are overloaded, while others are not.”
Zamora noted that the board has talked about possibly changing the boundaries for quite some time, but Monday’s vote provides a timeline to move the issue forward.
Tate said he will submit his recommendation to the board Nov. 13, and the board will discuss it Dec. 3. A draft plan will be published by early January, with eight public forums held before the final vote in the spring.
Sherwood said he hopes the district will keep in mind the possibility of creating more kindergarten- through eighth-grade schools, which might affect boundary lines. He said he also hopes the city provides population growth projections to assist the discussions.