Community members took a turn suggesting new school boundary lines at a Boundary Design Session April 17.
District leaders and the community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) hosted a design session for residents to see alternative boundary maps. Alternatives were based on feedback from a series of community meetings and initial data from a survey.
Chief Technology Officer Mark Finstrom operated the district database and mapping program, responding to suggestions from the audience. Attendees experimented with how various changes and school feeder plans might mesh with enrollment projections and future school capacities.
Several proposals were examined on large screens with an audience of 70-80 people. Time was provided for audience members to suggest changes and see the effect of adjustments. Alternative maps will be provided to members of CFAC for consideration.
The design session was intended to provide information to residents who want to understand the process of mapping school boundaries and to give more access to data contained in the mapping tool. This is the same process CFAC members have been using to create the draft boundary plan that has been introduced at community meetings in every Highline service area.
More than 500 people have provided feedback online so far. Take the survey by Friday, April 20.
CFAC members will examine community feedback and alternative boundaries, then recommend a plan to help Highline schools adapt to growth and the state-mandated K-3 class size reduction, while balancing equity, community and safety--guiding principles that the committee selected.
“Not changing boundaries is not an option,” said Rose Clark, CFAC co-chair. “Change is coming to us, and we have to plan ahead with the information available now.”
Clark added, “I have volunteered in this community since the 70s, and I have never been part of a committee of people so selfless with their time and support for our whole district.” She also expressed appreciation for the residents attending the meetings and design session, and all the community feedback.
“Community involvement is what CFAC is all about,” said CFAC co-chair Aaron Garcia. “We have had a month of thoughtful community input, and we appreciate everyone who has participated and helped move the process forward.”
Committee members expect to make a recommendation for the school board to consider by June. New boundaries would go into effect fall 2019.