Friday, October 24, 2014

More SPS Community Meetings on Boundary Changes

In November 2013, the Seattle School Board approved various changes to elementary and middle school attendance area boundaries (Growth Boundaries). These changes are being made over time. Planning is now underway for the boundary changes proposed for implemented for the 2015-16 school year. Students will be grandfathered at their current school.

In September, letters, including translated versions, were mailed to the families living in the affected areas who currently have students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The letters invited families to come to community meetings in early October to learn more. Enrollment projections show that these changes affect up to 1,172 current students.

A second round of community meetings are being held in upcoming weeks to answer questions and receive additional community feedback. The schedule is below.

At Dearborn Park International, staff will present information and answer questions about potentially changing the school to be an option school. There were several approved amendments to the Growth Boundaries implementation plan during the Board vote in November 2013. Amendment 7 tabled, for one year, any discussion of changing Dearborn Park International school to an option school. The Board will again look at this potential change as part of the 2015-16 implementation discussions in November.

Community Meeting Schedule
When
Where
Interpreters
Oct. 28,
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dunlap Elementary
4525 S Cloverdale St
Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese
Oct. 29,
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dearborn Park International
2820 S Orcas St
Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese
Oct. 30,
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Northgate Community Center,
10510 5th Ave NE,
Spanish and Somali
Nov 3,
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Alki Elementary
3010 59th Ave SW
Spanish and Somali
Nov 4,
6:30-7:30pm
Beacon Hill International
2025 14th Ave S
Cantonese

More information, including maps of the change areas, are posted at http://bit.ly/GrowthBoundaries
Email comments or questions to growthboundaries@seattleschools.org

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