Portland Public Schools Unveil First Draft of Redefining SE Boundaries

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Southeast Portland will be opening a new college next year. And the state’s largest district is likely to reconfigure a former college to its previous structure for grades six through eighth.

Before that can happen, Portland’s public schools must redraw some of its boundaries, part of a larger effort by Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero and the school board to phase out the K-8 model.

At the end of September, the district published the first draft of his plans to do so.

The proposed border redraws, which Portland Public Schools started last january by agreeing to pay the consultants around $ 300,000 to help them, Harrison Park would revert to being a college after years as a K-8. The school’s youngest students would attend Bridger and Vestal Elementary Schools, with the former being turned into a primary school.

The draft plan, which the district and consultancy firm Flo Analytics call a “springboard proposal,” is a starting point for a guiding coalition tasked with fine-tuning the boundaries.

“This is a first enlightened passage that took into account the guiding principles and the outcome objectives of the coalition,” according to the project.

The working group also discussed several scenarios for reconfiguring school buildings. For example, one option for the Lent school is to convert it from a neighborhood school that caters to kindergarten through eighth grade children and turn it into a Spanish immersion elementary that attracts students from the south. -est of Portland.

You can watch the video of all guide coalition meetings here

The boundary review effort is aimed at reducing overcrowding in some schools and providing consistency in elective programs for its colleges. Portland Public Schools also wants to consolidate the number of schools offering bilingual immersion programs.

In total, the district is proposing to convert six of its eight K-8 schools on the east side to elementary or middle schools. Only Sunnyside and Creative Science schools would retain their current structure.

Arleta, Creston, Marysville, and Lent would become elementary schools and feed a rebuilt Kellogg. Bridger would also become an elementary school, see its attendance limits shifted significantly north and east, and, in its reconfigured form, would power Harrison Park, where Vestal’s fifth-graders would also attend colleges.

Vestal students currently feed Roseway Heights Middle School.

The proposed boundary adjustments would move Bridger from the Franklin Cluster to the Madison High watershed. Southeast Portland K-8 will see the biggest changes if district officials pass the proposed boundary adjustment as is.

In addition to the above, the district:

– Expand the Bridger attendance area to include elementary school students who currently attend Harrison Park.

– Move back its boundary south of Woodward Street, as these students move to Atkinson Elementary and Marysville, which would move from an elementary school to an elementary school.

– Replace its Spanish immersion program with Chinese. Bridger’s Spanish immersion students would transfer to Lent and college Spanish students would transfer to Kellogg.

Its new high school, Northeast Portland’s Madison, is undergoing major renovations as students temporarily move to the Marshall campus on Southeast 93rd Avenue.

Madison goes reopen in fall 2021 under a new name.

The proposed adjustments would also move the Chinese language immersion program from Cleveland High to Madison. Southeast Portland High School would also inherit Sunnyside School, which will remain a K-8.

Portland Public Schools are undertaking the boundary reviews in two phases, the first of which will focus on colleges. The district is holding a virtual town hall on its plans on October 18 and December 3.

The Flo Analytics Proposal Refining Working Group will make its final recommendations for Kellogg and Harrison Park on December 17.

–Eder Campuzano | 503-221-4344 | @edercampuzano | Eder on Facebook

Eder is the educational reporter for The Oregonian. Do you have a tip on Portland public schools? E-mail [email protected].

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