Tonight is the first of two opportunities for residents of the Bethel School District to hear about proposed adjustments to attendance boundaries for the district’s middle and high schools. If approved, the changes would take effect at the start of the 2013-14 school year.
The district plans to adjust the boundaries to alleviate overcrowding and to accommodate the shift to middle schools for students in grades six through eight, which the school board approved Oct. 9 . This year, middle schools served only students in grade seven and eight, while ninth graders moved from the former junior highs to the district’s high schools.
Parents and community members are invited to see proposed boundary changes to secondary schools at two upcoming forums:
• 6:30 p.m. tonight at Clover Creek Elementary School cafeteria
• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Liberty Middle School cafeteria
The Secondary School Boundary Committee – a group of community members, with the assistance of school district staff – has been studying a change in middle and high school attendance areas. Some members will attend the forum to help explain the draft proposal.
If you are unable to make either of these meetings, maps of the proposed boundaries can be viewed here. Click on the “secondary boundary study” link in the Current Topics box.
Written comments can be sent to the Bethel School District, Attention: Dr. Rob Van Slyke, at 516 – 176th St. E., Spanaway, WA, 98387-8399
The school board will consider a final proposal from the committee and receive public testimony at its regular meetings on Nov. 20 and Dec. 11.
If approved, the changes would be take effect at the start of the next school year. Additional information about changes to elementary boundaries will be available later this year.