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Meetings highlight school boundary change proposal

Three community meetings are scheduled in early January to present the Boundary Advisory Committee’s preliminary proposal for a boundary adjustment that would affect three schools in the Forest Grove School District.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

n Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at Joseph Gale Elementary School;

n Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Cornelius Elementary School; and

n Thursday Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Fern Hill Elementary School.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the meetings and offer feedback on the preliminary proposal. The boundary committee will consider the feedback before drafting its final recommendation to Superintendent Yvonne Curtis. The presentation will be the same at all three meetings.

A 24-member Boundary Advisory Committee was formed this fall to recommend an adjustment in school attendance boundaries to accomplish the following objectives:

n Decrease crowding at Cornelius Elementary School, which will become a Dual Language Magnet School in 2015-16; and

n Make room for full-day kindergarten at all K-4 schools and preschool at Cornelius, Echo Shaw and Fern Hill elementary schools.

The Boundary Advisory Committee’s preliminary proposal is to:

n Move the 149 Cornelius mainstream students who are not in the Dual Language Program to Fern Hill Elementary School; and

n To make room for the Cornelius students moving to Fern Hill, moving 142 Fern Hill students to Joseph Gale. These students all live in the area designated as Fern Hill 3, which is bordered by Pacific Avenue to the south, Quince Street to the east, Hawthorne Street to the west and the railroad tracks to the north. This area is actually closer to Joseph Gale than to Fern Hill.

The changes would take place at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

What to expect at the meetings:

n An overview of the need for a boundary adjustment, guiding principles and the work of the Boundary Advisory Committee;

n Maps of the current and proposed attendance area for impacted schools;

n An opportunity to ask questions and provide input; and

n Information on the decision timeline.

Community members are also welcome to email their feedback to Connie Potter, district chief of staff, by email at cpotter@fgsd.k12.or.us.

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