DoDEA Okinawa to Re-Zone Sunabe Residents for School Year 2013-2014

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DoDEA Okinawa to Re-Zone Sunabe Residents for School Year 2013-2014

by: Marie Lewis, District News Liaison, District Superintendent’s Office | .
Okinawa, Japan | .
published: March 05, 2013

OKINAWA, Japan — Due to increased enrollments and capacity limits at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School and Bob Hope Primary School, DoDEA Okinawa District is forced to re-zone approximately 200 students in order to uphold the quality of education for its entire student population.

WHO: The school zone change will affect current Sunabe residents whose children attend BHPS and AEIS. All impacted families have been contacted directly by Superintendent Michael Thompson.

WHAT: Re-zoning approximately 200 students who live in Sunabe to Kadena Elementary School.

WHERE: Students who reside in Sunabe will attend Kadena Elementary School. Current bus stops for Sunabe students will remain unchanged. However, buses picking up students in Sunabe will transport them to KES instead of BHPS or AEIS.

WHEN: In an effort to avoid disruption of classrooms and family routines, the Sunabe zoning change will not take effect until the start of school year 2013-2014.

WHY: Current enrollment numbers at AEIS and BHPS indicate both schools are exceeding capacity limits. School and district leadership including administrators, registrars, data analysts and transportation specialists have met extensively and determined that KES has the available space and resources to accommodate an additional 200 students, which would alleviate capacity concerns at AEIS and BHPS. This change will ensure that the integrity of programs is kept intact at each of our schools. Several options were considered by school leaders together with military liaisons, and this option was determined to have the greatest benefits and the least adverse impact on families. With a small geographical footprint and a dense population of students in Sunabe, the neighborhood school zone can be kept intact and adjustments to student transportation requirements will be minimal.

The Department of Defense Dependent Schools Okinawa District is one of four school districts within the Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific Region. DoDEA Pacific provides a comprehensive preK-12 education to the children of military and eligible civilian personnel families serving throughout Asia. DoDEA Okinawa District is composed of 13 schools, approximately 7,600 students and 950 professional educators and support staff. To learn more, visit