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School district schedules boundary meetings

The community is being invited to a series of meetings that will address proposed attendance boundary adjustments in the Hillsboro School District that will take effect beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

Attendees will hear an overview of the need for boundary adjustments at a handful of district schools, and review maps of the current and proposed attendance areas for affected schools.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide input about proposed boundary changes.

Several areas within the school district boundaries are growing quickly. Within the city of Hillsboro there are 32 housing projects under construction or recently completed that will result in 2,241 residential units.

In unincorporated Washington County, there are four housing projects that will result in 630 dwellings within the school district attendance area.

In the Orenco area alone, 1,650 new residences are expected to put a squeeze on space at both Quatama and Orenco elementary schools. The Liberty High School feeder group (the elementary schools and middle school that feed into Liberty) will be impacted by boundary changes.

In addition, boundary changes at Tobias, Indian Hills, Mooberry, West Union, Brookwood, Witch Hazel and Rosedale elementary schools are being considered.

A boundary adjustment committee, made up of the principal and a parent from each affected school, school board member Glenn Miller, and transportation staff members met in January to refine a proposal for boundary adjustments.

Following the public input meetings, a final proposal will be presented to the school board in March. Final approval on boundary adjustment rests with the school board.

Meetings are slated for:

n Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Orenco Elementary School, 22550 N.W. Birch St., for Orenco, Quatama, Mooberry, West Union and Brookwood elementary schools;

n Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Witch Hazel Elementary School, 4950 S.E. Davis Road, for Witch Hazel and Rosedale elementary schools;

n Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Quatama Elementary School, 6905 N.E. Campus Way, for Orenco, Quatama, Mooberry, West Union and Brookwood elementary schools.

Spanish translation will be available.

Input can also be submitted on the school district website, hsd.k12.or.us.



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