Following a shift to creating more walkable, community-focused “neighborhood schools” with a new set of student assignment plans across the city in 2009, Seattle Public Schools is again preparing for what could be a significant realignment of school borders in the city and on Capitol Hill.
CHS and our sister site Central District News have been alerted to one area session to begin gathering feedback on early plans for the changes:
Do you live in the Stevens Elementary enrollment boundary and have a preschool student you are planning to enroll in the next couple of years? The Stevens Capacity Task Force is hosting a community meeting on June 5th, at 7:00PM in the Stevens Library to share information regarding the planned enrollment boundary change for the 2014-15 school year. We are looking for your input in response to the information we have collected. The Task Force will use the input gathered from the community to make a recommendation regarding the Stevens boundary change to the district. Hope to see you there!
Stevens earlier this year faced enough of a potential overcrowding situation that the school considered adding a portable classroom for the first time to its 18th and Galer campus. No such drastic measures ended up being taken but sorting out exactly how far south the elementary school’s border should extend has been an issue in the past.
Seattle Public Schools, meanwhile, is planning to take the feedback gathered in the local sessions into a series of community meetings planned for the fall:
Seattle Public Schools will host five community meetings in fall 2013 to present information and seek public comments about changes to elementary and middle school boundaries for the 2014-15 school year and beyond. (Boundaries will not change for the 2013-14 school year).
In the coming weeks, expect one more important public school issue in the area to be the subject of increased attention. With the approval of February’s school levy, it’s full steam ahead on creating a new middle school on the 19th Ave Meany campus.