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Sycamore Schools Proposes Elementary School Redistricting

Over the past several months, we have been working to develop a redistricting plan that will allow us to relocate and expand our preschool programming, alleviate capacity concerns at Maple Dale Elementary, and accommodate future projected growth.

Much effort and consideration was given to identifying the best approach. The district developed new proposed elementary attendance boundaries that avoid splitting neighborhoods or subdivisions, as well as move as few students as possible.

Our process began during the formation of our Master Facility Plan in 2019. An internal committee was established in Fall 2021 to review current attendance boundaries, current enrollment, as well as the impact to our transportation services. This process informed our decision to implement the following redistricting plan for K-4 students. 

As we shared during the March 23 and April 6 Board of Education meetings, beginning in the 2022-23 school year the following neighborhoods will go to Montgomery Elementary:

  • Creeks of Montgomery
  • Mayfair of Montgomery
  • Orchard Club Drive
  • Shakerdale Road
  • 8000-8349 Hopewell Road
  • Montgomery Towne Condominiums

Students living at The Approach at Summit Park would move from Blue Ash to Maple Dale Elementary for the 2022-23 school year. You can hear the Board’s discussions on this topic by clicking here. The proposal is pending Board approval at the April 20 meeting. 

Additionally, the district will relocate preschool programming from Maple Dale to Symmes Elementary. Currently, there are eight preschool sections offered at Blue Ash Elementary and Maple Dale Elementary. The shift would create 12 sections at Blue Ash and Symmes Elementary to help relieve some of the enrollment numbers at Maple Dale. 

Students would still have the option to stay at their current elementary school for the remainder of their Grades K-4 years through the intra-district transfer process. However, Sycamore Transportation services would not be provided for those students.

Making boundary changes for school assignments is challenging, but sometimes necessary, and we understand the outcome of our work may be difficult for some of our students and families. 

We are currently gathering feedback from families. There will be another opportunity for families to speak about this topic at the Board of Education meeting on April 20 at 7:00 pm at Maple Dale Elementary. Public participation can also be done virtually via Zoom. Please contact Beth Weber to sign up to speak.