The attendance areas for Watertown’ three elementary schools may be redrawn by a new committee created to study the issue.
Superintendent Dede Galdston told the School Committee in December about the ad hoc committee to study the attendance zones.
“As we complete (construction on) two elementary schools and are starting a third, it is the perfect time to look at attendance zones,” Galdston said.
The new Cunniff School accommodates more students, while the enrollment at Lowell and Hosmer schools will drop. The current enrollment zones reflect the old school capacities.
Galdston said the zones will prioritize proximity to school, look to minimize the need for busing, accommodate future growth and will likely include buffer zones where residents can choose between two elementary schools.
The committee will include two parents or guardians from each elementary school, the elementary principals, two School Committee members, the Superintendent, a member of the City’s Planning Department, and either the district director of Finance & Operations or the Assistant Superintendent, Galdston told the School Committee.
The committee will be formed in January, Galdston said, and will likely meet four times.