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Westside finalizes boundary changes to elementary schools

Posted at 10:36 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 23:36:05-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Westside Community Schools announced changes to its elementary school boundaries Monday night.

The district revealed the new boundary map to the dozens that attended Monday night's board of education meeting.

Westside superintendent Blane McCann announced the final decision knowing a consensus was nearly impossible to reach.

"We looked at going further over toward 84th and 80th Streets and Loveland," Superintendent McCann said. "I felt that took away the neighborhood feel of what we were trying to do."

From west to east, the alteration weaves through the streets of Leavenworth, 90th, Pacific, 84th, Jackson, 78th, and back to Pacific. The Sunset Hills and Loveland boundaries are split between homes and different streets.

The dozens who were in attendance Monday night got a first-hand look and offered their thoughts to the board of education.

"The current issue on my mind is safety of students attempting to cross Pacific and attempting to cross 90th," one said.

Not everyone was opposed.

"[This decision] causes the least disruption," one parent said. "The numbers make sense and don't change the dynamics and grows Sunset Hills slowly."

The district recommends K-5 students at Loveland and Swanson be grandfathered into their current school. Younger siblings in those families not yet of school age can enroll at the older sibling's school if both attend at the same time.