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School District to survey families

May 2, 2019

Gresham-Barlow School District to survey parents on possible changes to attendance areas

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The Gresham-Barlow School District will soon start conducting research in anticipation of a school boundary review process. The district will survey families to determine expectations and values across the district before a formal community engagement process involving community members and school principals begins in September of 2019.

Construction projects funded by the 2016 school bond will increase capacity at several Gresham-Barlow School District elementary schools, in preparation for the closure of West Gresham Elementary School at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Boundaries will need to be adjusted at the elementary school level. During the boundary review process, the District may also review middle school and high school attendance areas. The decision to include middle and high school attendance areas is dependent on a school enrollment projection study which is a part of the review process.

“The upcoming boundary review process is a needed step as we plan for the closure of West Gresham Elementary School,” said Superintendent Katrise Perera. “It’s our goal to include staff, parents, and community members in this process. Our top priority is to make boundary adjustments equitable and focused on student learning.”

From the first committee meeting in September until recommendations to the school board, we anticipate that the boundary review process will take approximately four months. A committee of community members will meet several times throughout the process analyzing demographic data, enrollment forecasts, and community feedback from the online survey. The committee selection process will be shared out in the coming months. Once the committee begins meeting, regular updates will be posted to www.gresham.k12.or.us.