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    Board Proposed Amendments to the 2017-18 Growth Boundaries Implementation

    The Seattle School Board considered on the 2017-18 implementation amendments to the 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan at their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

    This page shows the amendments proposed by the Board. Some amendments were approved and some were not. Please see 2017-18 School Year Boundary Changes for the approved implementation plan.

    Earlier this fall, Enrollment Planning staff recommended several amendments to the plan (that was previously approved by the School Board in November 2013) which you can see on the Proposed Amendments page. These amendments were introduced through a Board Action Report at the School Board meeting on Oct. 12.

    Since that time, School Board directors have developed proposals to amend the Board Action Report. The “areas” referred to in the amendments relate to areas on the 2017-18 maps and on the proposed amendments maps.

    Before the School Board votes on the entire proposal as shown in the Board Action Report, they will go through the amendments listed below and vote on each one. Any of these amendments that are approved will be included in the vote on the entire proposal.
    If the Board does not approve any of their amendments, or the staff recommended amendments, the plan that was approved in 2013 will be implemented for the 2017-18 school year.

    You can see the full agenda for the Nov. 2 School Board meeting on the Board webpage.

    Amendment 1A– This amendment was proposed by Directors Burke and Geary. Approval of this item would provide elementary school grandfathering for all current Green Lake Elementary School students living in areas 41 and 44. The 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan changes the attendance area elementary for area 41 to Bryant and for area 44 to Wedgwood. If Amendment 1 is not approved, students will automatically be assigned to their new attendance area elementary for 2017-18 and will not be grandfathered at Green Lake Elementary.

    Amendment 1B – This amendment was proposed by Directors Burke and Geary. Approval of this item would keep area 41 and 44 in the Green Lake Attendance area and direct staff to engage the community regarding a potential boundary adjustment between Green Lake Elementary and B.F. Day Elementary.

    Amendment 2 – This amendment was proposed by Director Geary. Approval of this item would keep area 45 in the Eckstein Middle School attendance area. This would mean that students in that area would continue to be assigned to Eckstein for middle school.

    Amendment 3 – This amendment was proposed by Directors Burke and Peters. Approval of this item would implement grandfathering at the elementary school level for all current K-4th grade West Woodland Elementary School students living in area 126 and implement grandfathering for current 6th and 7th graders living in area 126 to allow those students to finish middle school at Hamilton Middle School. New attendance area students including kindergarten students, and students moving to middle school from elementary school would be assigned to the new attendance area schools.

    Amendment 4 – The amendment was proposed by Directors Burke and Peters. Approval of this item would keep area 124 within the West Woodland Elementary School attendance area and Hamilton Middle School attendance area.

    Amendment 5A – This amendment was proposed by Directors Burke, Geary and Pinkham. Approval of this item would open the new Cedar Park Elementary site as an option school, rather than an attendance area school and establish a geozone for Cedar Park. It would also keep area 88 in the attendance area for Olympic Hills and keep area 95 in the attendance area for John Rogers. The amendment includes providing support to prepare for opening and operating Cedar Park as an option school.

    Amendment 5B – This amendment was proposed by Directors Burke, Geary and Pinkham. Approval of this item would open the new Cedar Park Elementary site as a kindergarten roll-up attendance area school, allowing current students at John Rogers and Olympic Hills to remain at those schools. It also directs staff to start a community planning process for an option school at Cedar Park.

    Amendment 6A – This amendment was proposed by Directors Burke, Geary and Pinkham. Approval of this item means that the boundary changes areas 18, 128, 117, 90, 93, 101, 122, and 120 would not be implemented. This would mean that students in area 18 would remain at Broadview-Thomson, students in area 90 would remain at Olympic View, students in area 93 would remain at Olympic View, students in area 101 would remain at Sacajawea, students in area 117 would remain at Viewlands, students in area 120 would remain at View Ridge, students in area 122 would remain at Wedgwood and students in area 128 would remain at Whittier. Middle school attendance areas would remain as approved in the 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan.

    Amendment 6B – This amendment was proposed by Directors Burke, Geary and Pinkham. Approval of this item would allow grandfathering for elementary school boundary adjustments in areas 18, 128, 117, 90, 93, 101, 122, and 120.

    Amendment 7 – This amendment was proposed by Director Geary. Approval of this item would keep the portion of area 117 that is west of State Route 99 (Aurora Avenue N.) in Viewlands Elementary and Whitman Middle School attendance areas. It would also keep area 18 in the attendance area for Broadview-Thomson Elementary and Eagle Staff Middle School. If amendment 6A is approved, amendment 7 is no longer applicable.

    Amendment 8 – This amendment was proposed by Director Peters. Approval of this item would allow grandfathering for all rising fourth and fifth grade students in change areas at elementary schools.

    Amendment 9 – This amendment was proposed by Director Peters. Approval of this amendment would allow rising eighth-graders in change areas to grandfather at their current school for 2017-18.

    Amendment 10– This amendment was proposed by Director Peters. This amendment relates to the possible creation of a second elementary pathway for the north-end Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) in the Student Assignment Plan. If approved, the Student Assignment Plan will designate the second elementary location as an alternative optional pathway for HCC students assigned to Cascadia Elementary instead of a geo-split based on address. If Amendment 10 is not approved, it may be considered again during the Student Assignment Plan discussions. The Student Assignment Plan is scheduled for board introduction on Dec. 7.

    Amendment 11 – This item was proposed by Director Peters after the Nov. 9 work session. Approval of this item would provide transportation to all transportation-eligible students in the areas where the Board has approved grandfathering.

    Amendment 12 – This amendment was proposed by Directors Peters and Harris after the Nov. 9 work session. Approval of this item would provide direction to staff on the Highly Capable Cohort middle school pathways for north end students in the 2017-18 Student Assignment Plan.

    Motion To Postpone – This motion was proposed by Director Harris. Approval of this motion would postpone consideration of the amendments proposed by staff until after the 2017-18 Student Assignment Plan is considered later this year. If this motion is approved, the 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan would remain in effect, as approved in 2013, until further Board action is taken.

    Last updated: 11/17/2016