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Elementary Attendance Boundaries - Revision Process

The community approved the funding of a bond to build a 4th elementary school in Pullman. Kamiak Elementary will be built in NW Pullman – construction is well underway! The new school has an estimated completion date of spring 2019. Elementary enrollment will be redistributed from 3 elementary schools to 4 elementary schools. The board adopted new elementary attendance boundaries (below) on April 25, 2018. The new attendance boundaries will impact many of our families, with many students moving to a different school. We hope to make this transition as positive and seamless as possible!
 
Please note: The attendance boundaries below impact NEW students for the 2018-2019 school year, and ALL students for the 2019-2020 school year. 
 
Committee Meeting Schedule:
(the committee meetings were open to all, for observation)
 
Meeting #1: November 29, 2017, 5-7pm in PHS Community Room
Meeting #2: December 11, 2017, 5-7pm in PHS Community Room
Meeting #3: January 9, 2018, 5-8:30pm in PHS Community Room
Meeting #4: January 23, 2018, 5-7pm in PHS Community Room
Meeting #5: February 7, 2018, 4:30-6pm - Presentation at Board Work Session (location TBD)
Meeting #6: February 22, 2018: 5-7pm in PHS Community Room
Meeting #7: March 27, 2018: 5-7pm in PHS Community Room
 
Committee Meetings - Communications:
 
Meeting #1: November 29, 2017, 5-7pm in PHS Community Room
At the November 29th, 2017 Elementary Boundary Committee meeting, the team reviewed the anticipated growth in Pullman, as shared by City Planner Pete Dickinson, and developed and agreed to a group charter detailing the purpose, roles, and group norms of our team. We are looking forward to this collaborative process of developing community feedback into a clear plan for elementary school boundaries. Our next meeting is on December 11th from 5-7pm in the PHS Community Room - the community is welcome to observe the meeting. The community will have multiple opportunities to hear about progress and provide feedback at future community forums. 
 
Meeting #2: December 11, 2017, 5-7pm in PHS Community Room
At the December 11th, 2017 Elementary Boundary Committee meeting, the team took a detailed look at community feedback related to boundary changes. We discussed themes from the ThoughtExchange process and developed guiding principles to consider as new boundaries are developed.
 
Guiding Principles:
Consider future growth
Aim to have each school reflect the diversity of our community
Create boundaries that will maintain continuity in neighborhoods, including rural areas
Minimize number of families impacted
Minimize time to and from school + maximize safety and efficiency
 
The team also reviewed data to help inform decisions as this process continues. Our next meeting is on January 9th from 5-8:30pm in the PHS Community Room - the community is welcome to observe the meeting. The community will have multiple opportunities to hear about progress and provide feedback at future community forums. 
 
Meeting #3: January 9, 2018, 5-8:30pm in PHS Community Room

At the January 9, 2018 Elementary Boundary Committee meeting, the team worked with experts from the consultancy firm FLO Analytics. The consultants presented a “springboard” proposal that served as a starting point for the team to discuss and rework elementary school attendance boundaries. FLO Analytics developed the springboard based on extensive data and the team’s guiding principles.

 

After time to review the proposal, ask questions, and seek clarification, groups worked to refine the proposal balancing data, community feedback, and the team’s guiding principles.

 

The team worked collaboratively to develop several potential proposals of revised boundaries. The team will reconvene at the next meeting to review additional data and create a preliminary proposal to present to the school board for feedback on February 7th. After incorporating feedback, a proposal will be presented to the community for feedback.

 

Our next meeting is on January 23rd from 5-7pm in the PHS Community Room – the community is welcome to observe the meeting. The community will have multiple opportunities to hear about progress and provide feedback at future community forums.

 

Meeting # 4: January 23, 2018, 5-7pm in PHS Community Room

At the January 23rd, 2018 Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee meeting, the team discussed and compared four boundary revision proposals. FLO Analytics provided support in analyzing maps and data.

 

Using a consensus model, the team agreed on one proposal to present to the board for feedback on February 7th. The board’s feedback will then be incorporated into the proposal. The revised proposal will be presented to community for feedback online, and at an open house, on March 14th, from 5-6pm at PHS.

 

 

Meeting #5: February 22, 2018 from 5-7pm in PHS Community Room

At the February 22, 2018 Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee meeting, the team refined rural area boundaries to minimize the time students from rural areas will spend on buses. The team also explored ways to communicate both the revision process and the proposal that will be presented to the community.

 

The community will have an opportunity to see an overview presentation about the proposed boundary revisions on March 14th. Presentations will be in the PHS theater at 5:15 and 5:45pm. Starting March 15th, community members will also be able to view the proposal online and provide feedback.

 

Committee members and elementary principals will be on hand to share about the process, gather feedback, and answer questions.

 

 

Meeting #6: March 27, 2018 from 5-7pm in PHS Community Room

At the March 27, 2018 Elementary Attendance Boundary Committee meeting, the team reviewed all feedback submitted by the community at the open house, and online. The team discussed alternate scenarios based on the feedback. The data from the alternate scenarios did not make them feasible options. The proposal initially presented to the community (linked above) will go to the school board for discussion on April 11, 2018.

 

 
The Board of Directors approved new elementary attendance boundaries on April 25, 2018. Thank you to all who provided feedback!
 
 
Documents:
 
 
Elementary Boundary Committee: 
  • Maren Barnett, Parent - Sunnyside/busable area
  • Pam Brantner, Sunnyside Principal
  • Shannon Focht, Communications Coordinator
  • Meg Gollnick, Parent – Jefferson
  • Evan Hecker, Kamiak Principal
  • Bill Holman, Franklin Principal
  • Megan Itani, Assistant Director of Special Services
  • Vadim Jitkov, Parent – College Hill
  • Karl Johanson, Community Member
  • Shelley Jones, Parent - rural Pullman
  • Roberta Kramer, Assistant Superintendent (co-facilitator)
  • Tammy Lehmitz, Transportation Director
  • Bob Maxwell, Superintendent
  • Craig Nelson, Jefferson Principal
  • Megan Rhoden, Parent – Franklin/busable area
  • Joe Thornton, Executive Director of Operations (co-facilitator)
  • Laura Tingstad, Representing PEF