April 25, 2018, Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC)
The community-led committee charged with recommending school boundary changes will incorporate suggestions from the community into a second draft of their plan--and also consider an alternative plan submitted during the month and a half of public feedback.
Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) members met April 25 to discuss feedback from 10 community meetings, more than 600 survey comments, and several alternative boundary maps and school feeder patterns suggested by community members.
Three hours later, these community volunteers raised 15 thumbs in the air, without hesitation, to add additional meeting time to their calendars. CFAC members expressed unanimous commitment to see this process through and recommend the best possible boundary plan to the school board in June.
They asked Chief Technology Officer Mark Finstrom to adjust the draft CFAC boundary maps prior to their next meeting to include as many community suggestions as possible. They also selected a revised version of one of the districtwide boundary maps submitted by a group of community members calling themselves ABC4Highline to move forward in the review process.
Alternative Maps Considered
Committee members considered the following alternative maps submitted as suggestions:
- ABC4Highline (a group effort)
- Erik Claflin (a parent and teacher)
- Yvonne Bush (a parent and bus driver)
Members eliminated the Claflin and Bush maps as not workable with student enrollment projections, but made note of the ideas they liked.
They retained the ABC map as a viable option, with some potential adjustments. Members noted pros and cons of the ABC map (the group's second version.)
Co-chairs Rose Clark and Aaron Garcia included 30 minutes in the agenda for public comments. Six community members signed up and spoke during the public comment period:
- Steven Droppelman (North Hill Elementary School service area)
- Melissa Mafua (Mount View Elementary School service area)
- Abby Hoffman (Parkside Elementary School service area)
- Christina Moi (Mount View Elementary School service area)
- Stuart Jenner (Marvista Elementary School service area)
- Kari Schelde (Marvista Elementary School service area)
- Tracie Champion (service area not noted)
In addition to the maps listed above, other handouts included:
- At a Glance... Data for Proposed and Suggested Boundaries & Feeder Patterns (4-25-2018)
- Boundary Survey Summary & Specific Suggestions (4-23-2018)
- Staff will provide projected student enrollment data for specified draft boundaries as classroom counts, not just student counts.
- Committee members will provide further comments and direction about changes, and a revised CFAC boundary map will be drawn in time for the next CFAC meeting on May 9. This allows more time for members to process the survey feedback and data on change areas.
- Committee members requested demographic data on draft boundary plans to have available when it is time to rate how well each final draft meets the group's guiding principles:
- Ensure equity
- Forecast for future needs
- Value cohorts & community connections
- Plan for safety.
Next Committee Meetings
- May 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Central Office boardroom
- May 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Central Office boardroom
The public is welcome to attend and observe.