Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson approved the adoption of new Bend-area elementary school attendance areas, set to take effect fall 2019.
“These new elementary school attendance areas will balance enrollment and reduce pressure felt at the district’s overcrowded elementary schools while providing an attendance area for Bend-La Pine Schools’ new 600-seat elementary school opening in the fall of 2019 in north-central Bend,” said Mikalson.
Mikalson said he studied community input, met with staff and families, reviewed current and projected elementary school enrollments, and carefully reviewed the recommendations presented by the 26-member Attendance Area Review Committee before finalizing his decision.
The committee made its recommendations after meeting for four months, hosting several public meetings and reviewing more than 500 comments from the public through surveys and in-person communication.
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All families with students in grades K-4 whose neighborhood boundaries have been affected will receive a letter from Bend-La Pine Schools in early February.
Current fourth-graders affected by attendance area changes will be “grandfathered”: that is, they will be allowed to remain in the schools they now attend without having to make area change requests. Transportation to and from school will be the responsibility of the family when the “grandfather” option is chosen. Grandfathering forms (for families of fourth-graders affected by the
attendance area changes) are available at neighborhood schools.
Bend-La Pine Schools is opening two new schools: A 600-seat elementary school in north-central Bend will open in fall of 2019. A high school will open in southeast Bend in fall of 2021.
Attendance areas are being reviewed and adjusted to account for these new schools and to balance enrollment across all schools.
ABOUT THE COMMITTEE:
The Attendance Area Review Committee includes 27 members who are parents, community members, business leaders and staff.
Elementary: The committee members are reviewing and adjusting elementary school boundaries, with plans to make recommendations to the Superintendent in January of 2019. These boundaries will be implemented in the fall of 2019.
Middle and High: In the fall of 2019, the committee will begin to review middle and high school boundaries. The new boundaries will be implemented in the fall of 2021.
Three proposed scenarios:
These three scenarios were created by the committee members and presented to the community during public meetings and via an online survey.