Public can still weigh in on school boundaries

Both community forums for the school attendance boundary study have come and gone, but parents and other community members have until the end of March to share their ideas for solutions with the 12-member committee that has been looking at the imbalance in school enrollment and building capacities throughout the district.

“Even though we looked at it from every angle we could think of, we welcome your ideas,” said Supt. Charlie Beck, one of the committee members, at his presentation at Hood River Middle School Wednesday evening. “I have yet to have one of these community forums where we haven’t heard at least one new idea.”

The presentation he gave Monday at Wy’east Middle School and Wednesday at HRMS is now posted online, along with a survey, and feedback will be collected until March 31.

“Then we will gather your ideas and try to come up with the best solution to the problem, and present it to the board in April,” Beck said.

That problem is the imbalance in enrollment between May Street and Westside elementary schools, Mid Valley and Parkdale elementary schools, and Hood River and Wy’east middle schools.

Beck said that the committee’s overall goal is to create equal educational opportunities while minimizing negative student impact. So far, the committee has come up with several options, but they would welcome new ones.

Survey questions

Answers to these questions may be submitted via the online survey (www.hoodriver.k12.or.us) or delivered to any school office or the administration building. The survey will be removed from the website at the end of the day on March 31.

  1. What options do you see that we have not explored?

  2. What options would create equal educational opportunities while minimizing negative student impact?

  3. What would be your preferred options? (Check boxes that apply, or fill in “other”)

  4. If we make no changes, how would we resolve the current and projected over-enrollments?

  5. If we grandfathered current students:

a. would you send your student to your current school with no district transportation provided?

b. would you send your student to your current school with district transportation provided?

  1. Would you support students from one elementary attending two different middle schools?

  2. If we provided magnet schools, would you be willing to transfer your student?

a. Technology

b. Fine Arts

c. Natural Resources

d. Language

  1. Would you support a capital bond to increase capacity with no increase in tax rate?

  2. What schools do your student(s) currently attend?

  3. Do you have children not yet in school?

  4. Are you impacted by one of the options?

  5. What additional information could be helpful to you?

  6. Other comments.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the district office, 1011 Eugene St., Hood River. The public is welcome to attend.

The agenda will be posted online by Friday, April 5, and can be viewed at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us.

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