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COMING SOON: 2015 BOUNDARY REVIEW PROCESS

Tacoma Public Schools will launch a boundary review and adjustment process in September 2015 primarily 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:

  • Other schools throughout the district with chronically overcrowded conditions or low-enrollment
  • 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 -- will begin in June.

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 elementary and middle schools.

HOW WILL THE BOUNDARY REVIEW PROCESS WORK?

During these few summer months leading up to the public boundary review process, an internal technical team will examine enrollment data and trends throughout the entire district to determine a portfolio of schools that may benefit from boundary adjustments.

Beginning in September, the School Board, working with district administrators, will appoint a committee of
citizens and staff members from affected schools to analyze enrollment and residency information. The
committee's work will lead to a recommendation for boundary adjustments for School Board consideration
in December. 

 

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