▶️ BLP-Schools unveils proposed MS/HS boundary changes; open houses set for input

Bend-La Pine Schools has unveiled changes to its middle and high school attendance areas and is asking the public for input before the boundaries change in 2021.

The district is holding six open houses over three nights for parents to examine the proposed changes and discuss them with officials.

The meetings are set:

Tuesday, December 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

·         Cascade Middle School

·         Pilot Butte Middle School

·         Sky View Middle School

Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

·         High Desert Middle School

·         Pacific Crest Middle School

Monday, December 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

·         Three Rivers School

At the drop-in style events, community members will be able to review three potential map scenarios, speak with committee members and provide feedback about the options. Community members will also be able to share input through an online survey, which will be open from Tuesday, Dec. 3 to Friday, Dec. 13 on the Attendance Area Review webpage.

“As I’ve looked at the maps, there are lots of similarities. There were lots of natural areas to divide boundaries with a few differences between each group,” said Assistant Superintendent Lora Nordquist. 

New attendance areas will define the attendance area for Bend-La Pine Schools’ new high school at 15th Street and Knott Road in southeast Bend opening in fall of 2021 and redraw attendance areas throughout the district to balance enrollment and prevent overcrowding at area middle and high schools.

The committee will consider comments and survey results while drafting their recommendation. The final recommendation will go to the superintendent in spring of 2020.

“It could be one of the three maps, or it could be some combination of the three based on the feedback,” Nordquist said. 

For students in high school who are nervous about changing schools, the committee has an alternative option.

Students who are in 11th and 12th grade, if their attendance area changes, they can submit an area change request and the district will guarantee the request to stay at their current high school, Nordquist said.

Transportation, though, is not provided by the district in those cases.

Learn more about the process at Bend-La Pine Schools’ attendance area review webpage.

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