2015-2016 BOUNDARY REVIEW PROCESS
Tacoma Public Schools has launched a boundary review and adjustment process to redraw elementary and middle school boundaries to accommodate the 2016 reopening of Wainwright Intermediate School.
As part of this boundary review process, the district also wants to examine, and potentially alter boundaries for:
- The future reconstruction and reopening of Hunt Middle School, tentatively schduled for 2020.
(NOTE: The district would not formally adopt a firm boundary for Hunt this year due to potential shifts in enrollment patterns over the next several years. However, examining the area now will provide the community with a general idea of Hunt's potential boundary area and how it could affect surrounding schools.)
Wainwright, formerly an elementary school serving grades K-5, closed in 2012 during the Great Recession and state budget cuts. Construction on a new Wainwright -- to serve grades 4-8 -- began in August 2015.
When Wainwright reopens, nearby Whittier Elementary School will become Whittier Primary School and serve grades Preschool-3. Both schools are located in the City of Fircrest, but the changes will affect boundaries for surrounding at least nine elementary and middle schools.
How does the boundary review process work?
During summer 2015, a district technical team examined the most recent enrollment data and trends to determine which schools will be affected by boundary adjustments. Those schools: Arlington, DeLong, Edison, Whittier, Geiger, Manitou, Franklin, Mason, Truman.
Beginning in September, a Boundary Revision Committee, including district administrators, principals from the potentially affected schools and two parents from each of those schools, will meet periodically to
analyze enrollment and residencyinformation. The committee's work will lead to a recommendation for
boundary adjustments for School Board consideration in January 2016.