Boundary Review

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    Gresham-Barlow School District Boundary Review Process

    Update: November 21, 2019

    On November 19, 2019, the Boundary Review Committee met and finalized their recommendation.

    You can view the adjusted boundaries below. These maps are for informational purposes only.

    The proposed boundary changes are subject to change and currently under review by the superintendent of schools.

    The superintendent will be responsible for evaluating the committee’s recommendation and bringing a proposal forward to the Gresham-Barlow School District Board of Directors at the December  5, 2019, school board business meeting. This meeting begins at 7 pm and will be held at the Public Safety and Schools Building located at 1331 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR 97030.

    Boundary Review Committee Recommendation (pdf)

    You can also view the Boundary Review Committee's Recommendation using the Interactive Map

    Watch this tutorial video to learn how to use the Interactive Map

    Reminder: 

    Here are the elementary, middle school, and high school boundaries currently in effect (pdf)

    How this recommendation was created

    The district’s Boundary Committee, composed of parents and district staff, met several times this fall to review existing boundaries and explore possible changes due to the construction of new classrooms and the planned closing of West Gresham Elementary School in June of 2020. 

     In October and November, the district held two Community Open Houses, giving families a chance to look over the preliminary proposals and to offer feedback, both in-person and online. The committee considered and discussed this feedback in forming their proposals and their recommendation to the Superintendent.

     


    About the Boundary Review Process

    The Gresham-Barlow School District has started a boundary review process. Recent construction resulting from the 2016 school bond has expanded capacity at multiple Gresham-Barlow Schools. The construction of new classrooms combined with the planned closing of West Gresham Elementary School in June of 2020 means school boundary shifts are necessary. During the Boundary Review Process, middle school and high school boundaries will also be reviewed.

     

    Process Timeline

    September

    -Committee of community members convenes

    September – November

    -Committee meets weekly to review enrollment, capacity, housing population density and other data

    -Open houses held for community to review proposals, share feedback

    -Committee makes recommendation to superintendent of schools

    December

    -Superintendent makes recommendation to school board

    -School board makes final decision on school boundary shifts

    January

    -Information on boundary changes shared with parents, community

    Committee Charge

    Working to identify, refine and review proposed updates to elementary, middle, and high school attendance area boundaries to support long-term balanced enrollment and facility capacity for the 2020-21 school year and beyond. The committee will engage with the public during two open houses (October 8 and November 5, 2019) to receive feedback on their proposed updates. The committee will provide a recommendation to the Superintendent on, or before the last committee meeting (November 19, 2019). The Superintendent will be responsible for evaluating the Committee’s recommendations and bringing a proposal forward to the Gresham-Barlow District Board of Directors. Committee members may be asked to participate in the Board Meeting.

    Guiding Principles

    Key values serve as guiding principles for the committee throughout the boundary review process. These are developed from District Policies and insights gained from parent surveys, land use studies, and student enrollment forecasting. A student is expected to attend the school serving his/her place of residence. (Board Policy JECC) Exceptions to this policy are also listed in Board Policy JECC-AR.

    When considering boundary revisions, the committee will consider, to the extent possible, the following guiding principles. They are not prioritized.

    -Take a District-wide perspective by considering growth trends and enrollment projections.

    -Work to balance enrollment across schools.

    -Minimize disruption and impacts to special programs or special populations (e.g., free-and-reduced lunch programs, special education).

    -Make efforts to maintain neighborhood schools and the feeder system.

    -Consider transportation impacts, and work towards limiting the amount of time required o a bus.

    -Maximize proximity to home/walkability (e.g., not having to cross busy streets, railroad tracks, and consider natural boundaries.)

    Read the Enrollment Report (pdf)

    Committee Makeup

    The committee is made up of parent representatives from each school and school principals.

    How can I stay informed?

    Information presented at committee meetings along with meeting minutes will be posted regularly in the "Boundary Review Meetings" section of this webpage.

    Follow the committee's progress, view interactive boundary map

    Follow along with the Boundary Review Committee's progress by using this interactive map.

    You can view existing boundaries, as well as the starting proposal for the committee (Springboard Proposal), and each of the committee's proposals (i.e. Committee Proposal 1, 2, etc.). There will be several committee proposals as the committee works iteratively to vet different boundary configurations and incorporate feedback from the community during two open houses. 

    To learn how to use the interactive map, watch this tutorial video.

    You can also view static boundary maps. You will find these maps in the Boundary Review Meetings section of this webpage. (Right side of page)

    Questions?

    Email your questions or comments to:

    gbsd@gresham.k12.or.us

     

Boundary Review Meetings