A meeting to discuss and vote on proposed changes to school boundaries in the West Ada School District lasted late into Tuesday night and finally ended with a decision on the hotly debated proposals.
After hours of public debate and discussion, West Ada trustees voted to approve changes to elementary school and high school boundaries as laid out by the Attendance Area Committee with no exceptions.
Middle school boundary changes were approved but with the following exception: students in one area that had been slated to move to Meridian Middle School will now be allowed to remain at their current school Lewis and Clark. Those students are in the area between Eagle and Locust Grove from east to west and between Ustick and Fairview from north to south.
"We just have schools that are overcapacity have been for a long time," district spokesman Eric Exline said. "This is an opportunity to try and balance enrollment and make that situation a little bit better."
The decisions put an end to a months-long process that featured several public meetings and thousands of hours of work by a committee trying to address overcrowding issues in West Ada schools. After those public meetings the committee did make a number of changes to the overall plan.