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Public School Proposed Boundary Changes Would Affect Fremont, B.F. Day

By master · January 12th, 2012 · No Comments

On Tuesday, Seattle Public Schools announced proposed changes to the boundaries of the John Stanford International School in Wallingford.

The changes were presented at a PTA meeting and will be voted on by the full School Board on Jan. 18. These boundary changes would also impact McDonald Elementary and Fremont’s B.F. Day Elementary School.

According to the release, the John Stanford International School is currently overcrowded and use exceeds the optimal use of the rooms. With no boundary change, the school will only continue to get more crowded based on projections.

The combined capacity for McDonald Elementary and Stanford can only support the population within the combined current boundary for two more years at most.

In order to keep siblings together and alleviate overcrowding, the school district is proposing a plan that will offer predictability to all families. Once approved, all those impacted by the boundary change will know where their student will attend school in September 2012.

The proposal for the 2012-13 school year is as follows:

  • Ensures incoming kindergarten siblings of students attending John Stanford who live in Area # 1 or # 2 will be guaranteed assignment to John Stanford
  • Students who live in Area #1 and who are not entering kindergarten siblings will be guaranteed assignment to McDonald
  • Offers a plan to bring the number of JSIS homerooms back to a sustainable level.

The School Board will vote on this plan on Jan. 18.

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