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UPDATE: Listening sessions to be held for Eau Claire high school boundary changes

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -The Eau Claire area school district held their first public listening session on Monday night at Sherman Elementary School.

The session was held after the school board passed the high school boundary change for Eau Claire Memorial and Eau Claire North student back in the spring.

The reasoning behind the change, according to the school district, was to find an equal student enrollment at both North and Memorial High Schools. The school district told News 18 that both schools offer the same courses and are on the same bell system. The change would allow for a better balance of teachers between the schools as well.

According to the school district, the boundaries which make up what school students will attend based on their home hasn't been researched since the 1960's. 

Many parents and students aren't thrilled about the potential change in the near future saying the change may be happening in too short of notice, and many students have siblings and plans on attending Memorial High School because of attending activities through the school.

Some questions that arose at Monday's meeting included input on when the change would be implemented, what happens if siblings are at two different schools, and what would occur if a student is already attending memorial high school?

The Eau Claire School District hasn't pinpointed which grade will make the first transition from Memorial to North, but they have discussed potentially making the change with this year's incoming 8th graders being the first class to make the switch. For more information on future listening sessions, visit the Eau Claire Area School District's website. 


Eau Claire (WQOW) - New boundary changes are coming to the Eau Claire Area School District.

The Eau Claire School Board approved the high school boundary changes in June, where families living north and west of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers will attend North High School, while families living east and south of the rivers attend Memorial High School.

News 18 previously reported when there was a disparity in student enrollment between Memorial and North high schools. District officials said there were about 400 more students at Memorial than at North.

The upcoming listening sessions will allow community members to give the Eau Claire School Board input about the timeline for implementing the boundary changes and get questions answered. There will also be a presentation about why the boundary changes are needed between the two high schools, as well as steps already implemented to help with the situation. The following listening sessions are below:

  • Tuesday, August 8 at Sherman Elementary School, 3110 W. Vine Street, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 14 at DeLong Middle School, 2000 Vine Street, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23 at North High School, 1801 Piedmont Road, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 28 at Lakeshore Elementary, 711 Lake Street, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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