District to consider changing elementary boundaries
Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Lora de la Cruz has made it clear that she is open to examining current boundaries of elementary schools in the district.
"As we engage in the forward-looking, encouraging work of assessing our educational needs and anticipating the benefits of the Student Success Act, we are also aware that we need to be proactive in determining adequate space in our elementary schools," de la Cruz wrote in a statement. "As a first step toward that end, we are partnering with FLO Analytics to assist the district with boundary review services for our elementary attendance areas."
FLO Analytics is a consulting company that uses GIS and data analytics to do the number crunching, analysis and problem solving that provides clients with data-driven tools and information.
De la Cruz said there are two objectives to the analysis of elementary borders. "Our dual objective is to provide adequate space at our K-5 schools, while balancing elementary enrollment districtwide," she wrote. "FLO Analytics will be taking the lead in developing a boundary review committee and community engagement process, along with assessing enrollment patterns and forecasts."
FLO Analytics will only be looking at elementary school boundaries, and not the junior high or middle school, said de la Cruz.
A community engagement process will begin soon, according to de la Cruz. "FLO Analytics will be working collaboratively with LOSD staff, the school board, community and facilities committees," she wrote.
As with any possible change in the district, community engagement regarding boundaries is important to de la Cruz. "We are committed to keeping our community informed throughout the process, and ensuring that all voices are heard," she wrote. "We are also committed to working with FLO Analytics to determine recommendations that are thorough and transparent; that balance the overarching goals of the school board and the district; and that are consistent with our underlying values, core principles, and decision-making criteria."
More information will be available soon about a presentation to the school board, a project kickoff meeting and more opportunities to be involved in the process.
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