Eau Claire School Boundary Changes to Be Discussed

V1 Staff

The Eau Claire school board voted in June to redraw the boundaries for the city’s two public high schools, Memorial and North, to better balance enrollment (Memorial has 400 more students than North). The upshot is this: Students living north and west of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers will attend North; those south and east of the rivers will go to Memorial. While describing this boundary change is relatively easy, enacting it won’t be, which is why the school district plans to hold a series of listening sessions next month to gather input and answer questions. According to the school district, “The listening sessions will begin with a presentation about the history of the disparity in enrollment between the two high schools, the committee’s work on this issue, and the steps the high schools have already taken to promote equity between the two high schools.” Presumably, the input collected will help school officials decide when to implement the changes and at what grade level to phase them in. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Sherman Elementary School IMC, 3110 W. Vine St.; Monday, Aug. 14, at the DeLong Middle School IMC, 2000 Vine St.; Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the North High School IMC, 1801 Piedmont Road; and Monday, Aug. 28, at Lakeshore Elementary School IMC, 711 Lake St. All listening sessions are slated for 6:30-7:30pm. To learn more, visit www.ecasd.us/boundary-changes.