When you have a new elementary school to fill, attendance boundaries have to shift. The process to make that shift is about to commence in the Snoqualmie Valley.
At the August 27, 2015 Snoqualmie Valley School Board meeting, the district announced the process and timeline for an upcoming revision all of its elementary school boundaries, something SVSD says is necessary with the addition of [new] elementary school #6 which opens in Snoqualmie in September 2016.
The last time SVSD elementary boundaries were revised was in 2010 when students in many of the newer Snoqualmie neighborhoods were moved to North Bend and Fall City Elementary Schools as Snoqualmie schools ran out of space.
With the addition of elementary #6, the district says the latest boundary revision should allow students to attend school in the cities where they reside – i.e. Fall City, North Bend, Snoqualmie.
Other goals the district has set for the boundary revision are 1) a plan with 4-5+ years of longevity; 2) developing a feeder school pattern where two elementary schools feed to one middle school (SVSD will return to three middle schools in 2019); and 3) minimizing disruption to special programs.
In September an Attendance Boundary Study Committee composed of staff members will do much of the attendance review work, including analyzing enrollment data and reviewing decision-making criteria, and then announce their initial boundary options on September 28th.
As the initial options are introduced on the 28th, the district will launch a survey to gather parent input that will end around October 2nd.
The following week, a short list of boundary options will be released and then a public meeting will be held on October 19th to gather more community input.
At the October 29th School Board Meeting, the final boundary revision recommendation will be presented to the board, with an opportunity for public comment.
It’s anticipated that a special board meeting will be held the first week of November to adopt the new elementary school boundaries.
The boundary change process will be consistent with the established attendance boundary criteria in SVSD Attendance Areas Policy 3130.
For more information on the Boundary Revision Process visit see the SVSD Boundary Attendance Update Presentation.
Boundary Change Process Timeline