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Superindent Santorno adopts Boundary Review Committees recommendations; School Board ratification expected Jan. 28

Public hearing results:
o concerns with new boundary lines

A team of parents and principals that has worked since September to redraw boundary lines between schools in West Tacoma to accommodate the grand opening next fall of Wainwright Intermediate School made its final recommendations to the superintendent Jan. 6. Superintendent Carla Santorno has reviewed and adopted the committee's changes to the boundaries between a number of schools in the west and southwest areas of the district. 

The new map will shift the home school for approximately 325 students.

The School Board received a final report on the committee's work Jan. 21 and will vote Jan. 28 on the changes.

During a Dec. 16 public hearing at Fircrest Community Center just three people spoke to the committee about the proposed changes. None of the comments at the hearing -- or at a previous public meeting on the boundaries -- took issue with where the committee had redrawn boundary lines over the last few months of work.

Instead, at both meetings, parents raised questions primarily about what choices and transportation options their children would have after the superintedent adopts the final boundary changes.

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Elementary schools affected by the boundary changes include Arlington, Edison, Manitou Park, Whittier, DeLong and Franklin. Eventually, the new Wainwright's home school area also will absorb areas that currently send students to Truman and Gray middle schools.​


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, started to
analyze enrollment and residency information. The committee's work will lead to a recommendation to the Superintendent for boundary adjustments in January 2016.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Whittier Wainwright Boundary Review Committee Meetings
(Public welcome to attend)






Wed, Sept. 23


6 – 8 PM                        Complete



Wed, Oct. 7


6 – 8 PM                         Complete


Wed, Oct. 21


6 – 8 PM                         Complete


Wed, Nov. 4

Board Room
Central Administration Building
601 S. 8th St., Tacoma

6 – 8 PM                         Complete


Wed, Nov. 18

Town of Fircrest
Community Center
555 Contra Costa
Fircrest, WA 98466

6 – 8 PM                         Complete


Wed, Dec. 2

Central Administration Building
601 S. 8th St., Tacoma

6 – 8 PM                         Complete


Wed, Dec. 16

Town of Fircrest
Community Center
555 Contra Costa
Fircrest, WA 98466

6 – 8 PM                                  Complete​
Meeting transcript​​


Wed, Jan. 6

Central Administration Building
601 S. 8th St., Tacoma

6 – 8 PM                        Complete


 ​​​​​​​Boundary Committee Final Report to the Board.pdfBoundary Committee Final Report to the Board.pdf


 Proposed adjustments


 committee updates




 School Boundary Maps