Clovis schools plan for growth
Published: Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
Plans to accommodate future growth in Clovis elementary schools were set in motion at Tuesday’s school board meeting with proposed changes to the zoning for Barry Elementary School and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told board members enrollment at Barry is under 300 students, with about 40 percent from military families, and there is “room for a lot more.” Bella Vista can accommodate 60 to 70 more students, she said. “As Cannon Air Force Base grows, we are going to need to rezone,” she said, adding she hopes to put that off three to four years until better data is available. Air Force Special Operations assumes command of Cannon in October. As a first step, Seidenwurm proposed expanding the Barry Elementary zone in line with 14th Street between Wheaton Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard The section is now zoned for Bella Vista. Seidenwurm said the city has approved a 204-unit modular home park in the area, and estimated an average of two students each in those homes in the future. There are no residents in the zone to be changed at present, according to Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm said she plans to hold a public meeting in the next few weeks and will advise the board at its July 24 meeting of the outcome for its action. In other business, the board: • Voted to support the No Child Left Behind Improvements Act of 2007 pending in Congress. • Approved the application for $40,000 in Title I, Part C migrant education state funds. An estimated 175 migrant students are expected to be served in the coming year, according to the application. • Approved $142,106 for purchase of doors and hardware at the high school. A $130,000 legislative grant will be used with the balance paid from Senate Bill funds.
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