From an Everett Public Schools news release.
Everett Public Schools is conducting an online forum to gather comments on proposed new elementary school boundaries to take effect in fall 2019. The forum is open until Friday, May 25, 2018.
Boundaries for the following elementary schools are affected: Mill Creek Elementary School, Woodside Elementary School, Cedar Wood Elementary School, Penny Creek Elementary School, Silver Lake Elementary School, and Forest View Elementary School.
In April 2016, voters said “Yes”to building a new elementary school to help alleviate overcrowding in the district’s southern region. Elementary No. 18, now under construction at 180th Street SE, will open in fall 2019.
The Elementary Boundary Committee, including parents and staff, began work in November 2017 to draw boundaries for the new school and to adjust boundaries for elementary schools in that region to help balance school enrollments.
The group studied student enrollment and school capacities and used that information to recommend new school boundaries to balance enrollment and demographics in the region.
“Our committee work is now complete,”noted Gerard Holzman, planning principal and committee chair.
He went on to say, “We submitted our recommendations to the superintendent who is now asking our community to share input about the recommendations.”
The superintendent will consider public comments received by May 25th in light of the committee recommendations. He will then submit a recommendation for the board to consider.
By law, school boards must establish school boundaries.
“The district knows families and communities need time to adjust to boundary changes,”explained Holzman.
He went on to say, “The timing of our committee work makes it possible for superintendent to review and for the board to make boundary decisions before fall 2018. This would give families a year to plan for new boundaries and opening of Elementary No. 18 in fall 2019.”
Proposed Everett School District elementary school boundaries. Image courtesy of Everett Public Schools.