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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Leaders of Grand Rapids Public Schools have unveiled new school boundaries as the district implements its Transformation Plan. The plan features the closure of 10 schools, including Creston High School.

The transformation plan aims to make GRPS more efficient and save around $5 million a year.

Below are maps for the new school boundaries:

Below are GRPS Transformation Plan Frequently Asked Questions

What school will my child attend?

We anticipate that your child will be attending your neighborhood school. If you wish to attend a theme school or Center of Innovation (COI), you must fill out a theme school/COI application. If you wish to transfer to another neighborhood school, you must fill out a transfer application. Both forms and maps of updated attendance areas are available at Student Services, located at 1331 Franklin St SE, or online at www.grps.org/enrolltoday. Please note that seats are limited and applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis for Theme Schools/Centers of Innovation.

Students who attended a neighborhood school via transfer during the 2012-13 school year will need to reapply for transfer. Transfers are only valid for one year. If we do not receive a transfer application, we anticipate that your child will be attending your neighborhood school. If you wish to transfer to another neighborhood school, you must fill out a transfer application. If you wish to attend a theme school or Center of Innovation, you must fill out a theme school/COI application. Both forms are available at Student Services, located at 1331 Franklin St SE, or online at www.grps.org/enrolltoday. Seats are limited and applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

What if my child receives special education services?

If your child receives special education services, your student's placement for the 2013-14 school year will be determined with your input at your child's individualized education program (IEP) team meeting to be scheduled in the spring.

Will my child receive transportation?

Transportation to and from school will continue per the current guidelines. Bus stop information for eligible elementary and middle school students will be provided in August. High school students will continue to use the Rapid for transportation. More information on transportation can be found at www.grps.org/transportation.

What athletic team will my student play for?

Your student will play for their neighborhood school. If they are attending a theme school or Center of Innovation, they will still play for their neighborhood school. If you request to play for a team other than your assigned team, you may be subject to a transfer penalty. Visit www.grps.org/athletics for more information.

Will my child's school have an after school program?

It is our goal to continue to provide after school programs in all schools. After school programming is subject to change based on funding availability.

Will my child wear a school uniform?

Over the next three years, the district will be phasing in a new school dress code requiring all students to wear school uniforms. The phase in starts will all elementary and K8 schools in the 2013-2014 school year, then middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year, and finally high schools/alternative schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

The uniform guidelines are navy blue, light blue, white, black, or red tops and navy, black, or khaki/tan bottoms. More information, along with preferred vendors, pricing, and samples, is available at www.grps.org/uniforms. There may be some exceptions for students attending a special education center-based program.

Will my child's school have the same leader(s), teachers, and support staff?

One of the guiding values of the Transformation Plan is around talent retention and recruitment to ensure we have the best principals, teachers, and support staff in the right positions to support teaching and learning. All staffing decisions will be done in accordance with the law, Board policy, district guidelines, and contractual obligations. We cannot guarantee that current principals, teachers, and support staff will be in the same positions they are today. There are specific processes and timelines the district must follow with regards to staffing decisions with the majority of decisions being made in May, June and July. Please know that we will be communicating these decisions as soon as information is available.

How can I learn more about the Transformation Plan?

The full Transformation Plan is available online at www.grps.org/transformationplan. You are also invited to attend one of the monthly "Transformation Plan Implementation Meetings" scheduled for:

• March 19, April 22, and May 21 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Union High School

• March 20, April 23, and May 22 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Creston High School

• March 25, April 25, and May 23 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Ottawa Hills High School

There will be a series of individual school meetings as well that will be published on the district website, school websites, We Are GR e-newsletter (sign up at www.grps.org/enewssignup), automated calls, social media, and more.

Questions/Concerns:

If you have additional questions, concerns, thoughts or ideas, please contact the Transformation Plan Hotline at (616) 819-1200 or email communications@grps.org.

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