Board eyes elementary boundary adjustment

Staff report

Mehlville officials want to adjust the district’s elementary school boundaries for new enrollees to alleviate overcrowding at Oakville Elementary.

The Board of Education is scheduled to consider the change at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today — March 25 — at the district’s Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road.

The redistricting would send new pupils for the 2010-2011 school year who live north of Forder Road roughly within the borders of Kinswood Lane and Chateau DeVille Drive to Beasley Elementary instead of Oakville Elementary.

Oakville Elementary’s desired capacity is 420 pupils, but 464 currently are enrolled.

The result is an overcrowding issue so significant that “there is no space for any future growth in that attendance area, the art teacher does not have a designated class-room but must travel from room to room and at one grade level we are over (Missouri School Improvement Program) minimums (class size maximums) causing the need for a teacher assistant,” according to information provided to the school board.

While Beasley Elementary’s desired capacity is 400 pupils, 320 currently attend.