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    Scheduled Boundary Changes for 2018-19 School Year

    Loyal Heights Elementary is currently being expanded, which will provide more elementary capacity in the northwest region. Adams Elementary, Loyal Heights Elementary, and Whittier Elementary have scheduled attendance area boundaries changes related to this capacity expansion.

    The changes were approved by the Seattle School Board in fall 2013. Beginning fall 2018, students in a portion of the Adams Elementary attendance area and a portion of the Whittier Elementary attendance area will be assigned to Loyal Heights Elementary.

    An additional change is proposed to include the four-block area in the northeast corner of the current Whittier boundary within the new Loyal Heights attendance area.

    Grandfathering will be recommended for all currently enrolled students. Transportation is not provided for grandfathered students.

    Anticipated Timeline

    Community Meetings: June and September 2017
    Board Operations Committee: Oct. 5, 2017
    Board Introduction: Oct. 18, 2017
    Board Action: Nov. 1, 2017
    Loyal Heights Building Re-Opens: September 2018

    Maps

    2018-19 attendance area elementary school change areas
    Elementary change area 2 (moves part of the Adams attendance area to Loyal Heights)
    Elementary change area 127 (moves part of the Whittier attendance area to Loyal Heights)

    Fall Community Meeting on Boundary Changes for Adams, Loyal Heights and Whittier

    A community meeting was held on Thursday, Sept. 21 to discuss changes to elementary school boundaries in 2018-19. At the meeting, Enrollment Planning staff presented information about these changes and heard feedback from the community.

    Meeting Presentation

    What we heard

    • Many of the families attending had questions and concerns about grandfathering, especially about transportation for grandfathered students. The School Board policy on transportation does not include providing transportation for grandfathered students. Those attending expressed a strong desire for transportation for grandfathered students.
    • Some families expressed confusion about why area 127 was assigned to move to Loyal Heights as part of the 2013 Growth Boundaries decisions, and asked why students who live closer to Loyal Heights were not being moved instead.
    • There was continued interest in grandfathering siblings and in how families can request assignment for siblings of grandfathered students.
    • Other questions and concerns were raised about future enrollment projections for all three schools, the impact on boundaries when Webster is opened, and how reducing enrollment at Whittier will affect teacher allocations.

    ​Spring Community Meeting on Boundary Changes

    A community meeting to discuss changes to elementary school boundaries in 2018-19 occurred on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in the Ballard High School lunchroom. These are not changes for the 2017-18 school year.

    At the community meeting, Enrollment Planning staff shared information about these changes and heard feedback from the community.

    Meeting presentation.

    What We Heard

    The majority of families attending had questions and comments about grandfathering. The consensus was that they would like grandfathering to be offered for current students. A few families asked about grandfathering siblings. There were some questions about Loyal Heights Elementary. Other comments included walkability, after-school childcare, the timeline for decisions and school choice.


    Last updated: 9/22/17