Lake Oswego begins review of boundaries for two elementary schools
To create balance across the district, the Lake Oswego School District will revamp boundary lines on two primary schools.
Starting Wednesday, Feb. 2, the Lake Oswego Boundary Review Committee will begin to meet to draft new boundary lines for Lake Grove and Oak Creek elementary schools. The district invites community members to attend the virtual meetings to keep up-to-date with the potential changes.
The two primary schools are about two miles away from each other, and due to enrollment rate increases the school district sees this as a perfect time to rework the two campuses to accommodate students and staff. A broader review of the district's elementary boundary lines began in 2020, but was put on pause due to the pandemic. As discussions restart this year, the scope has shrunk to just two schools.
"As our enrollment is going back up toward pre-pandemic levels, we need to move forward with adjusting our elementary boundaries to create balance," Superintendent Jennifer Schiele said. "We don't anticipate this changing any other elementary or secondary schools."
The new boundary lines will establish what schools students will attend starting in the 2022-23 academic year. And the district only anticipates a small change between the two schools.
The boundary review committee is made up of parents and administrators. The group will not decide on the elementary school boundaries, but rather present a recommendation to the Lake Oswego School Board in March. The final boundary lines will be announced to the public in April.
The group will use an online tool available to the district to assess primary school attendance areas and enrollment data. The committee will then present mock-ups of different boundary lines. The committee will also work with school staff, the school board and community members, who can engage in the planning process by attending the virtual meetings and offering any recommendations that may guide the planning and implementation of the potential areas.
For community members who cannot attend the meetings, the district will post notes and community feedback on its website.
The first meeting, on Feb. 2, will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The committee will meet again Feb. 9.
A meeting link can be found at smore.com/q7az4-the-current?ref=email.
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