CLINTON — The Clinton School Board approved a recommendation from the district’s Boundary Task Force regarding the redrawing of the elementary school attendance boundaries during this week’s regular meeting.

Representatives from the task force, which is comprised of parents, district staff and concerned citizens, appeared before the board during the February business meeting to present their recommendation, which aims to keep the fundamental district concept, with Eagle Heights being the north-end school, Whittier accommodating the midtown area, Bluff as the south-end school and Jefferson housing students from the city’s central core.

However, the existing boundary lines would be shifted to the south in order to balance class sizes.

During the February meeting, Boundary Task Force Chairman Brian Angwin told the board that boundaries must typically be redrawn every three to five years due to changes in community demographics and student enrollment, and construction or closing of school buildings.

He pointed out that the driving force behind this redistricting is to consolidate classes at the elementary school level, reducing the number of sections from 14 to 13.

Angwin stated that, with the consolidation, classes could be kept within the ideal range of 23 to 25 students per classroom, and the district will see a significant cost savings as well.

The boundary changes will take effect for the 2009-2010 school year, and enlarged maps are on display at each of the four elementary schools. Letters will be sent to parents whose students are affected by the change.

During this week’s meeting, Superintendent Richard Basden stated that in order for the boundary change to be effective, educational transfers will no longer be allowed. However, Basden said the district would be “willing to work with” parents of students affected by the change who will be entering fifth-grade next year, and wish to remain at their current school.