Friday, December 5, 2014

LWSD Boundary Process and Facilities Task Force Updates

Boundary process update
The first two of four public meetings on the district’s boundary change process took place on December 1 and 2. These meetings covered the scenarios under consideration for the Redmond Learning Community and Lake Washing-ton Learning Community respectively. Parents and community members who attended reviewed the different options and provided feedback through written forms. The same feedback forms are available online on the district website’s Boundary Process page. The input forms will be available through December 15. Staff members are welcome to provide input.

Input forms for the scenarios un-der consideration for the Eastlake and Juanita Learning Communities will be available online from December 15-19. The public meetings for those areas will take place for Eastlake on December 11 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Eastlake High School and on December 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Juanita High School. For more information, go to the Boundary page on the district website.
Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force update
The boundary process referenced above is designed to ensure the district will have space for its growing enrollment through the 2017-18 school year. You might wonder, what happens in 2018-19 and beyond? That’s where the Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force comes in. In October, the district invited parents and com-munity members to serve on this task force, which will study, analyze and make recommendations concerning the district’s long-term facilities needs. The response was tremendous—280 individuals applied to serve on the task force. A total of 63 individuals were selected, including parents from each neighborhood school as well as community members, principals, staff and students.

That group met for the first time on December 3. Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent, welcomed the group and provided a district over-view. Board President Jackie Pendergrass thanked the task force members for their involvement. After introductions, the group re-viewed its purpose and agreed on ground rules. Deputy Superintendent Janene Fogard presented information on the district’s capital facilities needs, both for enrolment growth and aging schools. A draft plan for the engagement process was reviewed.

Task force members provided in-put on issues for consideration as they develop a recommendation. There will be an opportunity in January for staff members and the public to provide input on facilities planning needs, Task Force pro-cesses, and the scope of issues to be considered.

For more information, see the district’s Long-term facilities planning task force web page.

Source:  Focus

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