Ankeny BOE approves elementary boundaries and grade-level configuration
At their May 15 meeting, the Ankeny Board of Education approved new elementary boundaries for the 2024-2025 school year and a new grade-level configuration. This established new elementary boundary lines to accommodate the district opening its next elementary building, Abbie Grove Elementary.
The board-approved boundaries included a few revisions from the original proposal presented by the Facility Master Plan Committee. The adopted proposal included a revision to the initial proposal to eliminate changes to south-feeder elementary boundary lines. Instead, if enrollment growth surpasses the capacity at Southeast Elementary in the future, new students moving into the area will be bussed to Heritage Elementary according to board policy. Additionally, the plans included free bus transportation provided to the students in those areas of the Westwood Elementary boundary north of 18th Street The new elementary boundaries will take effect for the 2024-2025 school year.
Additionally, the board approved a new grade-level configuration for all students. The new model will organize buildings by:
• Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
• Sixth through Eighth Grade
• Ninth through Twelfth Grade
This model optimizes student learning and facility usage, while decreasing transitions between buildings for students. The new grade-level configuration will not take place for several years, and students will remain in their current grade-level configuration until additional plans are made for boundaries and programming.
“I am pleased with the work our community came together to undertake this year, as we began building this Facility Master Plan,” stated Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Schools. “Our work throughout the year has led to numerous opportunities for our community to be involved in designing and shaping this process from joining the committee to completing surveys and more. This plan sets Ankeny up to be responsive to enrollment growth, while maintaining boundaries as long as possible. This plan builds on Ankeny’s tradition of proactively planning for and managing growth to best support our students and staff well into the future.”
Dr. Pruitt noted at the board meeting that next school year, work will begin to engage the community in an additional boundary conversation for secondary schools to accommodate the new grade-level configuration.