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    Staff-recommended amendments

    Enrollment Planning staff developed recommendations to the Seattle School Board on amendments to the approved 2017–18 Growth Boundaries for elementary and middle schools. These amendments are shown below for your reference. The final implementation plan included only some of these amendments. Please see 2017-18 School Year Boundary Changes for final approved boundaries.

    How recommendations are developed

    One year prior to new boundary implementations, the Enrollment Planning department, and the Capital Projects and Planning department review updated enrollment and capacity data to determine if any previous assumptions have changed and if any previously approved changes should be altered. To the extent possible, the district aims to minimize disruptions to families as a result of boundary changes by aligning new boundaries with current attendance area boundaries.

    The review included community meetings in April 2016 to gather feedback from families regarding information that has changed since the boundaries were approved in 2013. (Additional meetings are scheduled for September and October.) Email messages, comment cards from the meetings and input from school principals has also gone into the decision-making for these proposed amendments. The proposed amendments align with principal and community feedback.

    How recommendations are reviewed and approved

    The Seattle School Board makes the final decisions on school boundaries. The proposed amendments are presented to the School Board Operations Committee. After that committee discusses the proposal, it is sent to the full School Board for consideration. The amendments are introduced at one Board meeting and voted on at the next one.

    The School Board schedule to act on these proposed amendments is:

    • Board Operations Committee: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
    • Full School Board Introduction: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
    • Full School Board Vote: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

    Elementary School Amendments

    Staff is recommending that the following elementary school change areas be retained in their current attendance areas. This would mean that the previously approved boundary changes for these areas would NOT be implemented in 2017-18.

    • Elementary School Change Area 11
      • 2016-17 elementary attendance area: Daniel Bagley
      • Board approved 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Green Lake
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Daniel Bagley
    • Elementary School Change Area 20
      • 2016-17 elementary attendance area: Bryant
      • Board approved 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Laurelhurst
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Bryant
    • Elementary School Change Area 25
      • 2016-17 elementary attendance area: B. F. Day
      • Board approved 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Green Lake
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 elementary attendance area: B. F. Day
    • Elementary School Change Area 84
      • 2016-17 elementary attendance area: Northgate
      • Board approved 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Olympic Hills
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Northgate
    • Elementary School Change Area 103
      • 2016-17 elementary attendance area: Sand Point
      • Board approved 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Bryant
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Sand Point
    • Elementary School Change Area 104
      • 2016-17 elementary attendance area: Sand Point
      • Board approved 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Laurelhurst
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 elementary attendance area: Sand Point

    In addition, staff is recommending that Area 11 and Area 84 (associated with Daniel Bagley and Northgate elementary schools) feed into the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School attendance area and feeder pattern. This will align the entire elementary attendance area with the Eagle Staff attendance area.

    Why these amendments are being recommended:

    We received feedback from families and school leadership asking that these approved boundary changes not be implemented.

    The changes approved in 2013 were based on capacity needs. Analysis of more recent enrollment data now tell us that it isn’t necessary to implement these changes.

    While we are aware that some families are in favor of implementing some of the approved changes, minimizing disruption was one of the School Board’s Guiding Principles for the Growth Boundaries project. Retaining the current boundaries for these schools is the least disruptive option.


    Middle School Amendments

    Staff is recommending amendments that would retain Kimball Elementary in the Mercer International Middle School attendance area and feeder pattern and retain John Muir Elementary in the Washington Middle School attendance area and feeder pattern. This would mean that they middle school area changes for these two school would NOT be implemented in 2017-18.

    • Middle School Change Area 13
      • 2016-17 middle school attendance area: Mercer
      • Board approved 2017-18 middle school attendance area: Washington
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 middle school attendance area: Mercer
    • Middle School Change Area 82
      • 2016-17 middle school attendance area: Washington
      • Board approved 2017-18 middle school attendance area: Meany
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 middle school attendance area: Washington
    • Middle School Change Area 131
      • 2016-17 middle school attendance area: Mercer
      • Board approved 2017-18 middle school attendance area: Washington
      • Staff recommended 2017-18 middle school attendance area: Mercer

    Why these amendments are being recommended:

    At the time these Growth Boundaries were approved, it was not possible to increase the capacity at Mercer due to fire hydrant availability and size. Therefore, these changes were approved to ensure that Mercer was not over capacity.

    After hearing from the community requesting that these changes be reversed and discussing requirements with the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools installed an additional fire hydrant, which then allowed additional portables to be added to Mercer.

    With the additional capacity, we are able to make a recommendation to retain the middle school attendance areas for John Muir and Kimball elementary schools as requested and supported by those school communities. This aligns with the Board's guiding principle of minimizing disruption for families.


    Sanislo/Denny/Chief Sealth Alignment

    Map Showing Middle School Alignment Change for Sanislo

    Staff recommends that the entire Sanislo Elementary School attendance area be re-aligned with the Denny International Middle School attendance area and feeder pattern. This would return the Sanislo feeder pattern to Denny for middle school.

    Additionally, staff recommends that the addition of Sanislo into the Denny feeder pattern be aligned with the high school boundaries. This would mean that the Chief Sealth International High School attendance area would include Sanislo beginning in 2017-18. Currently Denny feeds into Chief Sealth and Madison feeds into West Seattle High School, thus this alignment would be necessary if Sanislo is in the Denny feeder pattern.

    Why these amendments are being recommended:

    Sanislo moved into the Madison Middle School feeder pattern in 2015-16; since then, Madison has become an option site for the Highly Capable Cohort. Updated enrollment and capacity information for Madison (and Denny) support returning Sanislo into Denny.

    The district has also received school community feedback in support of this move. Over the past two years, many rising 5th grade Sanislo students have completed choice applications to attend Denny for 6th grade. With this amendment, only Sanislo's middle school feeder pattern would change. Sanislo's elementary attendance area will remain the same.


    Thornton Creek Elementary School GeoZone Change

    Map of Thornton Creek GeoZone Change

    Staff is recommending an amendment to expand the eastern boundary of the Thornton Creek Elementary GeoZone. to include Sportsfield Drive NE, between NE 65th Street and NE 74th Street.

    Why this amendment is being recommended:

    This amendment comes at the request of the Thornton Creek and Sand Point principals to increase student access to choice.

    This expansion means that two housing developments, Brettler Family Place and Solid Ground Housing, would be within the Thornton Creek GeoZone. Families in the GeoZone would gain an additional level of priority through the GeoZone tiebreaker if they applied during Open Enrollment. (Living in a GeoZone does not guarantee an assignment to an option school.)

    This amendment area currently includes approximately 60 elementary school students. Beginning in fall 2016, Thornton Creek is able to serve an additional class at each grade level in its new building.


    Cedar Park Elementary School Boundary Amendment

    Map of Amended Cedar Park Elementary Boundary

    Staff (including the principals of Cedar Park Elementary, John Rogers Elementary and Olympic Hills Elementary, the Executive Director for Northeast Schools, the Director of School-Family Partnerships and Race and Equity, the Director of Enrollment Planning, and the Associate Superintendent for Facilities and Operations) is recommending that John Rogers Elementary retain the area south of NE 125th Street (within change area 95).

    Why this amendment is being recommended:

    After intensive analysis of community, staff and principal requests, updated enrollment and capacity data for all three schools, and a Racial Equity Analysis, this amendment has been carefully developed to provide Cedar Park with a viable school population, while managing capacity at John Rogers and Olympic Hills.


    Last updated:9/30/2016