North Clackamas School District Superintendent Matt Utterback recommended that the school board minimize impacts in approving a boundary realignment for Putnam High School attendance area elementary schools.

Boundaries must change for Bilquist, Oak Grove, Riverside and View Acres because Concord Elementary will close over the coming summer, following the Dec. 12 school board decision.

A Boundary Committee comprised of parents from local elementary schools, community members, school board members and district staff reviewed many scenarios. While the committee most strongly favored Scenario 5B, the superintendent finds 6B to be the least disruptive to the greatest number of families. Disrupting more families increases the chance that more families will consider leaving NCSD for another district under the open-enrollment law. A majority of the Boundary Committee members wanted Scenario 5B to share the impact of the school closure with more families, so more people would view the cost savings as a district issue.

But a minority of committee members said that requiring 63 families to move from View Acres to other schools is unnecessary at this time considering enrollment projections. Scenario 6B would keep students closer to their homes and allow for sufficient capacity of each of the four remaining buildings according to 2022-23 estimates. It also would create buildings that are more balanced in student enrollment, allowing infrastructure in each building to better meet needs.

The district will hold an informational meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Alder Creek Middle School, 13801 S.E. Webster Road. Parents, staff and community members can testify to school board members prior to their decision on boundary changes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, and Thursday, March 13, at 4444 S.E. Lake Road.

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