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New plan shifts enrollment for NE schools

Portland Public Schools is one step closer to resolving the lingering enrollment imbalances at six Northeast Portland schools.

But whether the community will buy into the proposed solution - or rebel - is yet to be determined.

After a series of public meetings during the past month, district leaders are proposing a complicated plan that affects six schools: Alameda Elementary School, Beaumont Middle School and Irvington, and Rigler, Sabin and Vernon K-8 schools.

Previous talks of making change to Skyline Elementary, Scott K-8 and Roseway Heights K-8 are no longer on the drawing board.

The proposal includes shifting boundaries, converting K-8 schools to K-5 schools and vice versa, and limiting transfers into sixth grade at all PPS schools by neighborhood.

The district hosts two meetings to seek public input during the next two weeks. Superintendent Carole Smith will make her recommendation to the school board before winter break, with a decision set for mid-January. The changes would take effect next September.

Here's what's proposed:

• Portions of the Alameda/Beaumont boundary would shift to Irvington and Sabin schools.

• Rigler would change to a K-5 school. Students in grades 6-8 would be assigned to one of two schools: Vernon or Beaumont.

• Sabin would remain a PK-8 school or convert to a PK-5 school, with middle grades students assigned to Beaumont.

• Because Beaumont would be adding one new feeder school, sixth-grade transfer slots would drop from 75 to 30 - the same level as other middle schools - and the guarantee from Sabin to Beaumont would be eliminated.

Find the full proposals online www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment-transfer/enrollment-balancing.htm .

The two public meetings are set for:

• Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8 p.m., Grant High School, 2245 N.E. 36th Ave.

• Monday, Dec. 5, 6-7:30 p.m., location to be determined.

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