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Everett School Board to establish new elementary school boundaries at June 19th meeting

Superintendent’s elementary school boundary recommendation. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Superintendent’s elementary school boundary recommendation. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

On June 5th, Superintendent Gary Cohn presented an elementary school boundary recommendation to the school board for their consideration and review before a final vote that will take place on June 19th.

The new boundaries in the superintendent’s recommendation create a service area for Elementary No. 18, due to open in 2019.

The boundary recommendations balance elementary school enrollments in the district’s south region.

The superintendent’s recommendation makes two adjustments to the boundary map the Elementary Boundary Committee submitted earlier for his consideration. The superintendent’s decision to adjust these two areas is based on additional community input and a long term perspective of enrollment trends over the next 10 years.

Here are the elements of his recommendation:

1. Mill Creek Elementary School: The first change moves Area 4, located just south of 132nd Street SE along 35th Avenue SE, back to Mill Creek Elementary School. Additional housing growth is expected in the Penny Creek service area, while there is not expected to be any substantial housing growth in the Mill Creek service area. Shifting Area 4 back to Mill Creek would leave more space for Penny Creek to grow over time. It would also avoid the potential of having to move Area 4 back to Mill Creek if Penny Creek enrollment projections exceed five-year projections.

2. Forest View Elementary School: The second change shifts the southern boundary of Forest View to better align with the boundary committee’s intent that driveways exiting on the south side of South 156th Street go to Forest View.

To develop his recommendation, the superintendent and a team of district staff reviewed more than 200 comments submitted by community members.

What’s next?

  • An online form is available until 5:00 pm on Friday, June 15th, to capture additional input on the superintendent’s recommendation.
  • On June 19th, before voting on a final elementary boundary decision, the board will take additional public comments. After the board’s June 19th decision, the new boundary lines will go into effect starting the first day of school in September 2019.

The original timeline submitted by the boundary committee staff set the board’s decision in September 2018. Finalizing elementary boundaries before school is out, instead of next fall, allows families and schools even more planning and transition time for fall 2019.

Background

In April 2016, voters said “yes” to building a new elementary school to help alleviate overcrowding in the district’s southern region. Elementary School 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 balance school enrollments.

The committee studied student enrollment and school capacities and used that information to develop its recommendation for the superintendent on new school boundaries. They collected input online through May 25th, which the superintendent considered in developing his final recommendation.

Everett Public Schools superintendent elementary school boundaries recommendation. Image courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

Everett Public Schools superintendent elementary school boundaries recommendation. Image courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

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