Proposed Boundaries For Elementary Students Once School #4 Opens. Thoughts?

Existing Elementary Enrollment Boundaries Proposed Elementary Boundaries 12.10.2014From the Mercer Island Reporter,

“With committee members stationed at different display charts around the Islander Middle School library Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Mercer Island School District Boundary Committee unveiled its preliminary recommendation for new elementary boundaries, beginning in the 2016-17 school year with the introduction of a fourth elementary school.

Dozens turned out, though the crowd consisted primarily of Boundary Committee members and advisers.

The proposed recommendation has West Mercer Elementary and the new Elementary #4 dividing the northern portion of the Island, with Island Crest Way dividing the two school zones…”

To read the whole article, click here.

The maps are available as pdfs on the Mercer Island School District website, Existing Boundaries and Proposed Boundaries.

The school district also has a Boundary Committee webpage – click here to read the charge of the committee and access links to meeting agendas and minutes. This page will be updated as information about proposed boundary changes become available.

If you would like to keep current about all three MISD construction projects, which includes the 4th elementary school, click here. The school district construction projects are the following:

  • Building a fourth elementary school on the district-owned North Mercer campus
  • Expanding Islander Middle School, including 14 new classrooms and lab spaces, commons and cafeteria, gymnasiums, music rooms and administrative space
  • Building 10 additional classrooms at Mercer Island High School, including four lab spaces and six general education classrooms

The estimated completion dates for each project are the following:

  • Mercer Island High School addition | 2015-16 school year
  • Islander Middle School expansion | 2016-17 school year
  • Elementary #4 | 2016-17 school year

According to Dean Mack, the MISD technical adviser serving on the committee, the proposed boundaries will lower student populations at the three existing elemanary schools by approximately 150 students. However, scheduling bus routes and coordinating reasonable travel time could become an issue. Elementary School Parents — what are your thoughts on the proposed boundaries? The committee is gathering community feedback right now, and will review it at their January 15th meeting. If you have comments to share, please email them to Dean Mack at Dean.Mack@mercerislandschools.org .

*Images courtesy of Mercer Island School District.

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