Soft Boundary Changes


While the overall student enrollment in the Francis Howell School District has remained fairly steady over the past several years, there are some areas of the District that have experienced significant population growth. Currently both Fairmount and Warren Elementary are over capacity, and projections are that enrollment at those two schools will continue to increase with the present attendance boundaries. With a current enrollment of more than 1,100 students, Fairmount is now the largest elementary school in Missouri.

The District Capacity Committee has been examining the issue for some time, and after much discussion and research, presented a plan to the Board of Education that will create long-term solutions to the capacity concerns. 

The process will use “soft boundary” changes at Fairmount and Warren that will allow students to stay in their current elementary school until they finish, with school bus transportation provided during this time. It will also allow younger siblings of those students to attend the same school as their older sibling if requested. Only incoming kindergarten and transfer students in these areas will be required to attend the new schools.

These soft boundary changes will affect part of the current Fairmount attendance area, which will become a Central Elementary attendance area. The plan will also shift part of the current Warren attendance area to a John Weldon Elementary attendance area and another part to an Independence Elementary attendance area. Under this plan, Central will receive approximately 84 students, and John Weldon and Independence will each receive approximately 95 students. It will take several years to reach these levels, and the buildings receiving these students will be staffed sufficiently to keep class sizes relatively unchanged.

These boundary changes will also affect the current Francis Howell Middle and Francis Howell High School attendance areas north of Highway 364, they will become Saeger Middle and Francis Howell Central High School attendance areas. In a corresponding move, the current Saeger and FHC attendance areas south of Highway 364 but north of Highway 94 will become Francis Howell Middle and FHHS attendance areas. The Fairmount attendance area that is shifting to Central Elementary will also mean that those students will remain with their cohort group and continue in the feeder pattern to Hollenbeck Middle and FHC. The same guidelines that apply to the elementary changes in regards to timing and transportation will also apply to these changes.      

The proposal will allow the transition to occur gradually and minimize the impact on students and their families as we move students to schools with more available space. The plan will also align students into a cleaner feeder system for middle and high school, and allow for continuing growth in the Cottleville area.

There will be a comment period and a community forum as part of this process, so all residents in these areas can have any questions answered and provide feedback. The District will host a Boundary Presentation from 6:30 – 8:30 PM on Nov. 27 at the Administration Building, 4545 Central School Rd. St. Charles, MO 63304. There will also be three open houses at the elementary schools receiving new students as a result of the boundary changes:

The subdivisions that are included in these boundary changes are listed below, and maps of the affected areas are available on the links to the left. For questions, please contact Boundaries@FHSDSchools.org.

Subdivisions and grade levels affected by the changes are shaded in the chart below. 


Subdivision Affected

K-5

6-8

9-12

1238

ASHLEIGH ESTATES

Central Elem.

Hollenbeck

FH Central HS

3142

AUBURN HILLS

John Weldon

FH Middle

FH High

3387

COLUMBUS POINTE (South of 364)

Independence

FH Middle

FH High

3387

COLUMBUS POINTE (North of 364)

Warren

Saeger

FH Central HS

3363

COURT AT TREYMORE (THE)

Warren

Saeger

FH Central HS

3107

CRYSTAL TERRACE

Independence

FH Middle

FH High

3361

DUNMORE PLACE

Warren

Saeger

FH Central HS

3149

EMERALD PLACE

Independence

FH Middle

FH High

3408

ESTATES AT TIMBERLEAF

Warren

Saeger

FH Central HS

3105

GUTERMUTH/LISA LANE AREA (East of Gutermuth Rd & South of 364)

Independence

FH Middle

FH High

3105

GUTERMUTH/LISA LANE AREA (West of Gutermuth Rd & South of 364)

John Weldon

FH Middle

FH High

3105

GUTERMUTH/LISA LANE AREA (North of 364)

Warren

Saeger

FH Central HS

1232

HARVEST POINT

Central Elem.

Hollenbeck

FH Central HS

2146

PARK RIDGE ESTATES

Central Elem.

Hollenbeck

FH Central HS

1227

QUEENSBROOK

Central Elem.

Hollenbeck

FH Central HS

3131

SADDLEBROOK/KEENELAND

John Weldon

FH Middle

FH High

3104

TEALWOOD ESTATES (East of Gutermuth Rd)

Independence

FH Middle

FH High

3104

TEALWOOD ESTATES (West of Gutermuth Rd)

John Weldon

FH Middle

FH High

3101

WATERFORD ESTATES

John Weldon

FH Middle

FH High

2306

WESTWOOD AREA

Independence

FH Middle

FH High

2125

WHITEHIRST MANOR

Central Elem.

Hollenbeck

FH Central HS

3106

WOOD GLEN ESTATES

Warren

Saeger

FH Central HS




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