November 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Seattle schools to post version 3.0 of proposed boundary changes
The Seattle school district’s third version of a proposed overhaul of school-assignment boundaries changes the middle schools for academically advanced students living north of the Ship Canal.
Students in the Accelerated Progress Program (APP) would advance from Wilson-Pacific Elementary school to either Eckstein, Whitman or Hamilton middle schools, said district enrollment manager Tracy Libros. Eventually, APP could be phased out of Hamilton. The previous version of the plan had APP students going to Wilson-Pacific Middle School, Jane Addams Middle School or Hamilton.
The district still proposes to speed up the conversion of Jane Addams to a middle school next fall by moving the K-8 program housed there now to the former John Marshall alternative-high school until a new building is ready.
The district planned to post the revisions Friday night on the district’s website in advance of the school board meeting next Wednesday, when the proposal will be formally introduced. The board will vote on the plan Nov. 20.
The overhaul is a complex revision of boundary maps to ease overcrowding, make room for even more growth and fit new schools into an already complicated student-assignment plan. The district released its first draft in September and then updated it last month after considering feedback from a series of a public meetings.
Most of the changes will be phased in over several years as schools are renovated or built new.
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