The LPS Long Range Planning Committee has been meeting since the fall of 2018 to study school boundaries in an effort to:
Littleton Public Schools’ current school boundaries have evolved over the decades. Sometimes boundary changes needed to be made to accommodate growth. Most recently, boundary changes needed to be made in 2008 to accommodate the closures of Whitman and Ames elementary schools; students in those attendance boundaries needed to be transported to other elementary schools where there was space. These solutions resulted in students from some neighborhoods being bused long distances to their new schools, sometimes past several other elementary schools on the way.
Since 2008, worsening local traffic, especially across major north/south roads such as Santa Fe, Broadway, University, and Colorado Blvd, has created very long bus rides for some students. For example, three years ago, the average speed of LPS buses running routes was 25 miles per hour. Today, the average speed is 15 miles per hour.
Thanks to our community’s passage of a $298 million bond in 2018, a new elementary school will open on the Ames campus in the fall of 2021, and a new elementary for the Highland and Franklin communities will open on the Franklin campus in the fall of 2022. Both new schools need attendance boundaries. Creating boundaries for these new schools provides LPS an opportunity to examine and update all of its boundaries in a more logical way that will reduce transportation distances and time on the bus while seeking balance in school sizes.
The LPS Long Range Planning Committee had 10, two-hour meetings to discuss boundaries. Committee members considered 14 different elementary school boundary scenarios, six different middle school boundary scenarios, and four different high school boundary scenarios.
As part of this process, the Committee: