EPS board approves changes to elementary boundaries, postpones any action on Jackson until July
Last updated 6/21/2018 at Noon
The Everett Public Schools board approved the recommendations of the Elementary Boundary Committee Tuesday night with only minor changes, but delayed any decision on options for crowded classrooms at Jackson High School until the board meeting scheduled on July 3, according to Leanne Albrecht, director of communications for the district.
Changes to the elementary school boundaries in the southern portion of the district will be implemented for the beginning of the 2019 school year to coincide with the opening of the district’s newest elementary school.
An estimated 1,370 current students in the district will move to a different school with approval of this boundary revision in fall 2019 when Elementary No. 18 opens. Albrecht said the revisions were designed to create a service area for Elementary No. 18 and help to balance overcrowding of elementary schools in the south region of the district.
Finalizing elementary boundaries before school is out, instead of next fall, Albrecht said, will allow families and schools more planning and transition time prior to the start of school in the fall of 2019.
Superintendent Dr. Gary Cohn presented adjustments for two school boundaries in Mill Creek based on additional community input and a long-term perspective of enrollment trends over the next 10 years.
The approved boundary modifications will impact three elementary schools within Mill Creek.
The approved change shifts the southern boundary of Forest View to better align with the boundary committee’s intent that driveways exiting on the south side of South 156th Street go to Forest View.
A largest number of parents at the June 19 meeting came prepared to plead with the board to keep their children at Mill Creek Elementary. Other parents hoped to learn of any progress in dealing with the overcrowding at Jackson High School.
“Adjustments will be needed at Jackson to be prepared for the large influx of students expected in the fall of 2020 from new residential developments,” Albrecht said. “The board hopes to have answers when they meet again next month.”
There were 17 portable classrooms at the high school when school ended in June. Enrollment at Jackson surpassed 2,100 students last semester on a campus that was originally designed to accommodate 1,500.