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NSD Superintendent Larry Francois’ message regarding boundary adjustment considerations

Larry Francois is the Northshore School District Superintendent. - Contributed photo
Larry Francois is the Northshore School District Superintendent.
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Dear Northshore Community,

On May 13, the school board approved the timeline for boundary adjustments to coincide with the opening of our new high school and grade reconfiguration slated for the fall of 2017 (Proposed EDTF Timeline for Boundary Adjustments).

The district’s Enrollment Demographic Task Force (EDTF) is charged with overseeing this important work to create the service area and feeder pattern for the new high school while also distributing enrollment in a more balanced manner across our existing schools and feeder patterns. These changes will touch a significant portion of our districts, well beyond just a handful of north end schools most heavily impacted by enrollment growth.

Over the 2014-15 school year, the EDTF will develop the first draft of boundary adjustments utilizing as a starting point the conceptual work completed two years ago during the development of the recommendation for a new high school and grade reconfiguration [EDTF Report (86 pages)]. The draft will be shared with community for input and feedback. During the 2015-16 school year, the EDTF will continue to study and refine the boundary adjustments and submit a final recommendation to the school board in the spring of 2016. During the spring/summer of 2016, the school board will approve a final boundary adjustment plan, enabling the 2016-17 school year to be devoted to transition planning and activities prior to implementation in the fall of 2017.

To start this process, the EDTF is gathering input on the instructional, demographic, operational and geographic considerations that should factor into the boundary development process. A survey has been launched and is available on the district website (EDTF Boundary Considerations Survey). I invite you to review the draft of the EDTF boundary considerations and provide your input to this vital work. The survey will remain open through June 9.

Truly,

Larry Francois, Superintendent

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