Members of the Hawthorne Elementary community is not happy about having their middle school assignment changed from Mercer to Aki Kurose.
Members of the Georgetown community are not happy about having their elementary school assignment changed from Maple to Van Asselt.
From a press release (yes, a press release!) about the Georgetown shift:
The boundary redrawing would move Georgetown kids from Maple to Van Asselt Elementary, which more than doubles the distance kids would need to travel to get to school. The proposed Growth Boundary changes would force young children to navigate busy streets and cross dangerous freight routes, some without sidewalks, up a narrow arterial to Van Asselt on Beacon Hill. The geography between the Georgetown neighborhood and Van Asselt is challenging, especially considering the complex series of off and on ramps to Interstate 5 that would mark the first leg of a child's journey. Walkability is listed in one fo the Seattle School's "guiding principles" in relation to Growth Boundary setting.
I can't tell what triggered the change for Maple's attendance area. It looks to me like the situation in Georgetown is a result of a shrinking attendance area for Kimball. Kimball's attendance area no longer reaches across Beacon Avenue, so Maple's attendance area has to take up everything west of Beacon and as far north as McClellan. Taking in the territory north of Jefferson Park means that Maple has to cede Georgetown. Dominoes.