New elementary schools = new attendance boundaries
With the construction and planned completion of Evergreen’s 22nd elementary school at the corner of NE 39th Street and NE 162nd Avenue, as well as the capacity changes for the rebuilt Image and Sifton elementary schools, attendance boundaries for a number of schools will need to be adjusted.
Since December, a group of parents from Image, Sifton, Burnt Bridge Creek, Harmony, Illahee, York and Pioneer Elementary Schools worked through a process with district staff over the course of eight meetings. The goals were to balance safe walkable routes, bus routes, natural barriers and neighborhood demographics with an ideal school size-between 450-550 students. This also took into consideration future growth projections as well as paving the way to eliminating overcrowding and the use of aging portable classrooms. This process envisions making campuses safer and providing more equitable learning environments for all students in the attendance areas.
Boundary recommendations for the 2020-21 school year will be made to the School Board in June 2019 unless the committee determines more time is needed. At the latest, recommendations will be made to the board by December 2019, giving families eight months to more than a year before the changes take effect. The same process will be used once construction begins on Burton, Ellsworth and Marrion elementary schools in 2020.
Two Community Forums are scheduled to gain feedback from affected neighborhoods and families:
• Thursday, May 9th - 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Commons at Cascade Middle School (13900 NE 18th Street)
• Monday, May 20th - 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Tan Complex/Evergreen Room at the Administrative Service Center (13501 NE 28th Street)
Comments can also be sent to NewAttendanceZones@evergreenps.org.
Current and Proposed Boundaries
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Attendance Area Committee Guiding Principles