Who can attend new Edwards elementary school? | VailDaily.com

Who can attend new Edwards elementary school?

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS ” The school district likes to call its 17 public schools “neighborhood schools.”

Whose neighborhood will the new June Creek Elementary be in?

The school district is trying to figure out the boundaries of June Creek Elementary, or who will be eligible to enroll based on where they live. The hope is that June Creek will relieve crowding at other elementaries and balance out the mix of Hispanic and Anglo students at other schools.

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 by the $128 million bond question passed by voters in November 2006.

Both Avon Elementary and Edwards Elementary are nearing capacity, and that booming population in the Edwards area is one of the main reason June Creek is being built. Hopefully, the boundaries will relieve some of the crowding at both those schools, said Heather Eberts, director of elementary education.

The district also wants to create boundaries that keep the spirit of neighborhood schools. Homes that are close to the school should obviously be eligible to send their kids there, and the boundaries shouldn’t divide communities like the trailer home parks in Avon and Edwards, she said.

“We’re making sure we don’t split a community in half,” Eberts said. “If someone lives close to the new school, they should be able to go to the new school.”

School officials are also hoping that June Creek will draw many of the Hispanic students that go to Avon and Edwards to create a more equal racial mix of students at all the schools.

Last year, around 90 percent of the students at Avon Elementary were Hispanic, and more than 68 percent of the students at Edwards were Hispanic. Ideally, the district is looking for a 75 percent Hispanic, 25 percent Anglo mix at June Creek, Edwards and Avon.

Those schools will naturally have larger populations of Hispanic students than other schools in the valley because of their closeness to the trailer parks in Avon and Edwards, where a large percentage of the Hispanic population lives, Eberts said.

The Board of Education will decide on boundaries in the near future.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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