Changing boundary lines could force more than 1,400 Coeur d’Alene students to switch schools

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho —With a new elementary school opening next fall, the Coeur d’Alene School District’s talk of changing boundary lines has many parents feeling anxious. 

Some of those parents voiced their concerns at a meeting with the district on Tuesday. 

A first draft of new boundary lines presented by the district would force more than 1,400 students to switch schools although district spokesman Scott Maben said that number will likely go down once a final draft is finished. 

“It’s a very emotional process for a lot of people,” said Marie Nail, a parent and member of the Boundary Committee. 

The school district is one step closer to finalizing new boundary lines and, for some students, that could mean switching schools and having to make new friends. 

“I personally love my school, I love my principal, our kids have roots now and it would be quite a struggle to see them go somewhere else,” said parent Alisa Vincent. 

Vincent was just one of many parents at Tuesday’s open house. 

A new elementary school will open in September in the Northwest corner of the city. 

“I’m really hoping that this new process could create some equality between all the schools,” said Nail. 

“I would like parents to realize that the committee takes this work very seriously and that we are listening to them and that we really want to try and address all of the issues.” 

The new boundary lines affect all grades, but school board members are considering letting current high school students graduate where they are now. 

That doesn’t mean a younger sibling would attend the same high school. 

Students in the district’s magnet schools would likely be grandfathered in as well. 

The boundary committee still has several weeks and another open house planned. No changes have been finalized. 

The boundary committee is expected to bring a finalized plan to the school board March 18. 

If you missed Tuesday’s open house, another will take place from 6-8 p.m. on February 18 at Woodland Middle School.