Bend-La Pine Schools on Wednesday proposed new middle and high school boundaries for fall 2021.
The new boundaries are needed to balance out enrollment with the opening of a new south Bend-area high school. A 26-member committee has been working on the attendance areas for months, holding several public meetings for parents to voice their concerns and look at potential changes.
Superintendent Shay Mikalson is expected to make a final decision on the proposal March 10th.
The changes will affect around 200 middle school students, but Deputy Superintendent Jay Mathisen says that most of the changes will be seen at the high school level.
Bend Senior High School and Summit High School will see the greatest shift in students when the new high school opens.
The school, which is still under construction, will initially only include 9th and 10th graders. Students going into their junior or senior year will be considered resident students in their current attendance area. Students who want to stay at their current school will need to fill out area change requests, which aren’t guaranteed.
“We may have to adjust the amount of choice or flexibility in the ACR process,” said Mathisen, adding he hopes students will be excited about the prospect of attending the new high school.
Some of the other noticeable changes include Pilot Butte Middle School adding some students between 3rd and 9th streets and east of Ward Road.
Bend High will add students from the Hollinshead Park area north of Olney/Neff and just west of St. Charles as well as students in neighborhoods along Brookswood Blvd. south to Murphy Road.
The new high school being built on 15th Street and Knott Road will pick up current Summit students who live south of Murphy and east of the Deschutes River.
Community members are invited to offer feedback on the proposed attendance areas by taking part in an online survey available until February 19th.
Individuals can view maps online, review the full committee report and frequently asked questions on our Attendance Areas Webpage.