Parent, principal committee unveils new draft proposals for middle school boundaries

Public forums scheduled for community feedback

10/13/2016 | TACOMA, Washington

A team of parents and principals have come up with two draft proposals for revisions to middle school boundaries.

  • The first proposal would alter boundaries for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • The second proposal, if adopted, would not take effect until after the opening of a new Hunt Middle School on the West End of Tacoma.

The team designed the proposals to balance enrollment across the district, minimize schools' demographic mix and ensure no significant safety impacts. The team wants to hear community reaction to the proposed boundary changes and has scheduled two public forums to listen to community feedback:

Tacoma Public Schools launched the boundary review and adjustment process in September to redraw middle school boundaries to accommodate the future reopening of a new Hunt Middle School.

As part of this boundary review process, the district also will rebalance enrollment among middle schools across the community.

A committee of principals and parents representing middle school areas throughout the district will make recommendations to Superintendent Carla Santorno and the School Board of Directors in December.

To provide the boundary committee with a starting point for their discussions, analysis and deliberations, a district technical team created a "springboard" boundary line adjustment proposal. The parent and principal team has made notable changes to the springboard proposal.