New school boundaries coming to Edwards
June Creek set to open for next school yearBy Matt Terrellmterrell@vaildaily.com===================Design guideJune Creek Elementary is being modeled on a standardized design for Eagle County elementary schools and will look almost exactly like Brush Creek and Red Hill elementaries downvalley. Some differences at June Creek will be some larger kindergarten rooms, a couple of extra classrooms and a reorganized administration area.School officials say using the same design saves money on design fees, construction costs and time. It also creates equity among schools, they say.==========================================================================June Creek Elementary is expected to open in August 2008, the beginning of the next school year. The district recently chose Tracy Barber, a master teacher at Brush Creek Elementary, to be principal at the school.===================================PHOTO: Steve is working on a mapEDWARDS – Keeping “neighborhood schools” alive is a big goal of the enrollment boundaries approved for June Creek Elementary, a new public school being built in Edwards.The school board recently decided who will be able to attend June Creek based on where they live. The district says the new boundaries will keep communities together, which means homes closest to the new school are eligible to send their kids there and the boundaries don’t divide neighborhoods.The school is being built in Edwards, neatly between Avon Elementary and Edwards Elementary. It’s also next door to Berry Creek Middle School and Eagle County Charter Academy. It’s one of the projects promised in the $128 million bond question passed by voters in November, 2006.Neighborhoods included in June Creek’s boundaries include Singletree, Arrowhead, Cordillera Valley Club, Lake Creek Village, Crazy Horse Circle, the Reserve, Old Edwards Estates, Miller Ranch, and Brett Ranch.Students who live in the Avon trailer home park will go to Avon Elementary, and students in the Edwards trailer home park and Homestead will go to Edwards Elementary.Balancing populationsBoth Avon Elementary and Edwards Elementary are nearing capacity, and the booming population in the Edwards area is one of the main reasons June Creek is being built. The new school will relieve some of the crowding at the other schools, said Heather Eberts, director of elementary education.Right now, Edwards Elementary has about 451 students enrolled. When June Creek is opened, the enrollment at Edwards Elementary should drop closer to 320. A similar drop would also be seen at Avon Elementary, currently home to 361 students.None of the schools will be nearing capacity, and they’ll each have lots of room to grow.June Creek will also change the ethnic make up at the elementary schools, but not too dramatically.Avon Elementary, where about 91 percent of the students are Hispanic, would likely have a small rise in the number of white students, and Edwards Elementary would likely have a rise in the number of Hispanic students.June Creek Elementary will be made up of about 71 percent Hispanic students, and 28 percent white students, a normal mix for Eagle County schools.Parents will still have the ability to choose which school their kids go to – it just takes making an official request and some paperwork, Eberts said.Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or email@example.com.