DEVELOPING: Owensboro Public Schools approved the district boundary changes at tonight’s meeting. Current students will be grandfathered in and will have a choice as to which school they want to attend. Siblings can attend the school their siblings currently attend.
The Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education will vote next Thursday, Dec. 13 on whether or not to rezone a specific area near Moreland Park. Students who currently live in the districts of Sutton and Foust Elementary Schools will be affected by this vote.
The area being voted on currently sits in the zoning area for Sutton Elementary School. If the rezoning is approved, those students will be zoned into the Foust Elementary zone for the 2019-2020 school year.
The area being considered for rezoning will run north to south from 12th St. (north) to Parrish Ave. (south). It will run east to west from Locust St. (eat) to Independence Ave. (west).
OPS Public Information Officer Jared Revlett said the reasoning behind the rezoning is due to numbers at both elementary schools.
“Sutton is pretty much at capacity. Foust is about 80 students short of capacity,” Revlett said.
Around 44 students live in the rezoning area, with the potential to be placed in a new schooling zone.
“We will give them the option [of switching schools],” Revlett said. “Some have expressed interest in going to Foust because their friends go there. If they already go to Sutton, we’re giving them the option to stay there.”
Moreover, if a child is entering kindergarten for the first time in the 2019-2020 school year, and they have an older sibling at Sutton, parents will be able to send both kids to Sutton if they choose.
The same goes for those who want to stay at Foust, Revlett said.
“If you live in that area, you have the choice to go to either school.”