Mequon-Thiensville School District

Elementary School Boundary Adjustments


One of the District’s most significant facilities needs, as identified in our long-range master planning process, relates to our current capacity challenges, and the growth expected at our District’s elementary schools.

The solution determined and recommended by the MTSD Community Task Force Report and approved by our community via the 2020 Referendum, was to create school additions to relieve the building capacity challenges experienced at the elementary level.

As we prepare to enter the final phase of the construction projects, it's time to look ahead at the next step in ensuring that all of our elementary schools have the ability to function within their new student capacities for next school year. Beginning in February, a task force made up of 21 MTSD elementary school parents will be engaging in work regarding a forthcoming adjustment to district elementary school boundaries.

Elementary level boundary adjustments to balance student enrollment, accounting for new school sizes across our three elementary schools, is the next step in the process as we prepare for the conclusion of our facilities projects in advance of the 2022-23 school year.

Resolution to Adjust MTSD Elementary School Boundaries

During the Regular Business Meeting on Monday, December 20, 2021 the Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education approved the following resolution:

The Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education hereby authorizes Superintendent Matthew Joynt to form a task force with the following charge: The Mequon-Thiensville School District (MTSD) Elementary School Boundary Task Force shall review the current and projected enrollment and the attendance area of each elementary school in the MTSD, using professional enrollment projections and other relevant information, to make an elementary attendance area recommendation to the MTSD administration and the Board of Education that will:

  1. Enable Donges Bay and Wilson to function within their capacities as four-section elementary schools, and Oriole Lane to function within its capacity as a three-and-a-half section elementary school, for the next 10 years as projections allow.
  2. Minimize additional costs, beyond those necessary to adjust current school attendance areas and progressions.
  3. Minimize travel distance and maximize bus route efficiency, including by avoiding an increase in the number of routes and limiting route times to an hour or less.
  4. Support logical progression of elementary school students to middle schools without changing middle school attendance areas.

The Elementary School Boundary Task Force (ESBTF) will ultimately provide a recommendation to the MTSD administration and Board of Education regarding elementary school boundaries for the 2022-23 school year and beyond.

Next Steps & Task Force Timeline

In preparation for approval of the proposed resolution, the Mequon-Thiensville School District has:

  • Contracted with Dr. Joe Schroeder, Associate Executive Director of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, to serve the task force as an external facilitator
  • Requested services from MD Roffers Consulting to update the enrollment study that was completed in 2019
DateAction Item
Week of December 20, 2021Task Force interest survey is sent to elementary school parents
Wed. Feb. 2, 2022
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Task Force Meeting 1
Wed. Feb. 16, 2022

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Task Force Meeting 2

Wed. Feb. 23, 2022
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Task Force Meeting 3
Thurs. Mar. 3, 2022

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Task Force Meeting 4 (if needed)
Mon. Mar. 7, 2022

6:00 p.m.

The task force will make a recommendation to MTSD administration at the Board of Education's March Working meeting

Mon. Mar. 28, 2022

6:00 p.m.

A recommendation for approval made by the administration will then be brought forward at the Board of Education's March Regular Business meeting