Parent, principal committee unveils new draft proposals for middle school boundaries. What do you think?

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 wants to hear community reaction to the proposed boundary changes. The team designed the proposals to balance enrollment across the district, minimize schools' demographic mix and ensure no significant safety impacts.

The team has scheduled two public forums to listen to community feedback:

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.

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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