At last night’s school board meeting, Executive Director of Technology Services, Jeff Hogan, announced the timeline for an impending middle school boundary change needed so Snoqualmie Middle School can transition to Mount Si High School’s 9th grade campus in the fall of 2013. The last middle school boundary change was in 2008 when Twin Falls Middle School opened.
Hogan said the re-boundary process should take 6-8 weeks and willl follow the process used for the 2010 elementary school boundary change. A committee will be formed consisting of district administration and staff who will be presented with the various boundary options which will move current Snoqualmie Middle School students to Chief Kanim and Twin Falls next year. As Chief Kanim currently has approximately 440 students and Twins Falls 560 students, it is expected more Snoqualmie middle schoolers will move to Chief Kanim. Both schools anticipate needing portables to handle their increasing student populations.
Committees should be formed and working by early October, with first boundary options presented to them around October 9th. They will then examine those options and come up with a final set to present to the public. The district anticipates that public announcement around October 19th. Following the announcement, parents will be given chances to weigh in, just like with the 2010 boundary change where there was an online survey, public meetings and an e-meeting.
After public input, the committee would then decide on its final middle school boundary recommendation and present it to the school board in early November. They anticipate a public comment meeting on that recommendation before the board votes to adopt or reject the boundary change.
SVSD Policy 3130 (Boundary Changes) takes into consideration and evaluates the following criteria:
- Disruption of students’ established learning programs
- Established neighborhood groupings
- Placement of siblings
- Class loads and available space
- Transportation routes with attendance areas
- Diverse student populations
- Maintaining relationship with a middle school and/or high school attendance area
- Fiscal responsibility
Hogan stated that “Maintaining relationship with a Middle School and/or High School attendance Area” probably would not be relevant for this boundary change, as the district has only one comprehensive high school.
Hogan went on to say the the district understands boundary changes are a “very challenging process” and they strive to bring “compassion to the process.”