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'Springboard proposal' likely to be revised before adoption next March

The Beaverton School District has released a preliminary map showing possible attendance areas for its newest high school and changes to the boundaries for its other existing large campuses.

The emphasis here, however, are on the words “preliminary” and “possible.”

“It is truly a starting point,” district spokeswoman Maureen Wheeler said. “It will change remarkably.”This map displays the Beaverton School District's first swing at drawing attendance boundaries for six high schools, including its newest at South Cooper Mountain. The 'springboard proposal' is likely to undergo significant revisions over the coming months.

The district drew up the “High School Boundary Springboard Proposal” as a starting point for the Boundary Advisory Committee, which is charged with shaping the plan in the coming months.

According to the early proposal: “It is not intended, or expected, to become the recommended high school attendance boundary map.”

As currently configured, the South Cooper Mountain area campus, under construction at the intersection of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and 175th Avenue, will draw students from portions of the current Aloha, Beaverton and Southridge high school attendance areas. It will open in September 2017.

In turn, those schools’ attendance areas generally will shift northward to alleviate current overcrowding at some of the district’s other campuses, including Sunset and Westview high schools, which serve the fast-growing neighborhoods north of Highway 26.

The district’s advisory committee that will consider the initial springboard proposal is made up of two parents and one principal from each of the current comprehensive high schools. A hired facilitator is guiding the process with assistance from a technical team made up of staff members in the district’s academic, facilities, transportation and community involvement departments.

The district will host a public preview of proposed boundaries on Jan. 21.

District residents can submit written comments at any time but must wait for a Feb. 18 public hearing to officially voice comments. District leaders expect Beaverton School Board approval of the final proposal in March.

This process is squarely aimed at the high school attendance boundaries. A similar process will begin next spring to redraw elementary school boundaries before another elementary shool opens in the North Bethany area in 2017.

Current middle school boundaries are expected to remain in place until the 2020-21 school year when a new campus near Cedar Mill transitions into a full middle school after four years of housing students whose home schools are being rebuilt elsewhere in the district.

The district boundary adjustment policy considers availability of space, proximity to school, safety and neighborhood unity when drawing new boundary lines, but it’s a process that often comes with controversy — parents and property owners often have strong opinions about those kind of changes.

With the caveat that this plan is likely to change, and quite possibly in substantial ways, what follows is a quick look at some of the springboard proposal’s suggested boundaries. Also consult the accompanying map and find more details at the “High School Boundary Adjustment Process” page on the Beaverton School District website.

South Cooper Mountain high school (unnamed)

Under the current proposal, the new school would serve residents on the north and eastern flanks of Cooper Mountain.

Among its territory would be much of the western side of the current Southridge High attendance area, generally west of Southwest Murray Boulevard, except east to 135th Avenue for neighborhoods south of Scholls Ferry Road. This area includes neighborhoods around Nancy Ryles and Scholls Heights elementary schools as well as some (but not all) current Southridge attendance areas in Tigard.

Neighborhoods around Sexton Mountain Elementary and also those generally south of Hart Road in the Cooper Mountain Elementary area, currently in the Beaverton High area, also would shift to the new high school attendance area.

A big chunk of southwestern Aloha in the Hazeldale Elementary area, now being served by Aloha High, would instead funnel into the new high school.

Aloha High School

While ceding territory in the Hazeldale area to the south, Aloha High’s boundaries would only face a modest shift in the north, taking in a triangular area bounded by Baseline Road, 158th Avenue and the MAX line that is currently inside the Westview attendance boundary.

Beaverton High School

The city’s oldest high school would see dramatic changes to its boundaries if the springboard proposal is adopted substantially intact.

While the majority of this school’s students currently live somewhere south of the campus, the springboard proposal would shift its boundary area strongly northward. Beaverton High would still serve students from Old Town neighborhoods north of Allen Boulevard but would also take in far more students from neighborhoods to the north and northeast, stretching all the way to the north of Sunset Highway.

Among the new communities that Beaverton High would serve include Cedar Hills, West Slope and part of Cedar Mill, all currently in the Sunset High attendance area.

Southridge High School

After losing about half its current territory to the new high school, Southridge's current attendance boundaries would turn sharply north and east.

The students shifting away from Beaverton High in the neighborhoods around Highland Park and Whitford middle schools would instead go to Southridge under this early draft. This includes the Highland, Denney-Whitford and Garden Home areas, plus a large part of Raleigh Hills south of Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and east of Western Avenue.

Sunset High School

After turning much of its territory to the south and east over to Beaverton High, crowded Sunset would take over a far smaller area from Westview High.

This new area would include the neighborhoods around Oak Hills Elementary and Bethany Boulevard and a boot-shaped area stepping south of Sunset Highway (west of 158th) to Baseline Road in the Elmonica Elementary area.

Westview High School

Under the proposal, Westview would be the only high school not to take over any territory from existing high schools in an effort to reduce crowding at the campus along Northwest 185th Avenue.

After handing over neighborhoods around the Nike World Campus to Beaverton High, the Costco area to Aloha High, and parts of the Bethany, Five Oaks and Elmonica areas to Sunset High, Westview’s attendance footprint would shrink in the district’s growing northwest corner, still including the Rock Creek and Tanasbourne areas.

Westview would still serve the neighborhoods around McKinley Elementary south of Sunset Highway and neighborhoods around Bethany and Rock Creek elementary schools, Springville K-8 and the Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus north of the highway.

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