Newest elementary school integral part of boundary adjustment proposal

Superintendent will accept public input until May 25
By Dan Aznoff | May 08, 2018

The Everett Public Schools Board of Directors hopes the 18th elementary school in the district will help balance enrollment and alleviate overcrowding in the southern portions of the district.

The new campus on 180th St. SE scheduled to open in September of 2019 will be one element of the overall plan to deal with a surge in student enrollment from families from some of the newer developments in the fastest growing portion of the district.

Changes were deemed necessary based on projections that elementary school enrollment would increase by hundreds of primary-aged students over the next five years.

Overall, an estimated 1,350 young students will be forced to transfer to new schools before the start of the 2019-2020 school year if the board acts on the proposed recommendations from the committee submitted to the superintendent, according to Leanna Albrecht, director of communications for Everett Public Schools.

The Elementary Boundary Committee began its study of changes in projected enrollment in November of 2017. The committee was comprised of both parents and staff. Community input on the proposal will be accepted online until May 25 at www.everettsd.org.

“Our committee work is now complete,” said Gerald Holzman, who serves as planning principal and chair of the boundary committee. “We have submitted our recommendations to the superintendent who is now asking our community to share input about the recommendations.”

The superintendent will submit a final recommendation to the school board for consideration.

Construction of the yet-to-be-named school and the study of possible adjustments to elementary school boundaries were well underway before the defeat of the construction bond in a special election in February.

“The district knows families and communities need time to adjust to boundary changes,” Holzman explained. “The timing of our committee work makes it possible for (the) superintendent to review and for the board to make boundary decisions before Fall 2018.

“This would give families a year to plan for new boundaries and opening of Elementary No. 18 in fall of 2019.”

A site map and details of the proposed boundary changes are available on the school district website at www.everettsd.org.

 

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