Parent, principal committee begins work on revisions to middle school boundaries

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Tacoma Public Schools launched a boundary review and adjustment process Sept. 12 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 has begun to look at the demographic projects, school enrollments and capacities and determine what adjustments to recommend 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 technical team's proposal made some notable proposed shifts for the committee to study, including:
  • Aligning the boundaries of Giaudrone Middle School so students from McCarver Elementary School would attend Giaudrone and Giaudrone students would move on to Foss High School. All three schools offer rigorous International Baccalaureate programs, and the proposed alignment would allow students to stay in the IB programs from elementary through high school.
  • Reducing boundaries for Jason Lee and First Creek middle schools--due to current and future growth projections.
  • Increasing the Stewart Middle School boundary areas due to that school's low enrollment.
The committee will meet approximately 13 times between September and mid-December. All the meetings are open to the public.

The committee hosted a community forum Monday, Sept. 19 at First Creek Middle School to hear feedback from parents, students and community members on the springboard proposal and any other considerations citizens want the committee to discuss during its work. The committee will host two other public meetings throughout the process to get feedback on its proposed changes.

If the School Board adopts the boundary revisions, the Hunt Middle School boundary would not take effect until about 2021 when a new middle school gets built on the West End site. Other changes would take place for the 2017-2018 school year.

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