I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from parents on the new assignment plan, mostly centered around the planned release of the new attendance area boundaries and middle -school feeder patterns next month. In a recent meeting with district staff developing the new plan, I received some further information about how the review process for the new boundaries and feeder patterns will work:
- The proposed list of citywide schools, draft attendance area boundaries and draft feeder patterns — as well as a proposed transportation policy — will be formally released to the public on August 18, the date of the next Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment.
- After that meeting, members of the public will have several weeks to comment on the proposed citywide schools list, the draft boundaries and feeder patterns as well as the proposed transportation policy. In addition, these proposals, draft boundaries and draft feeder patterns will be further discussed by the Board at a yet-to-be-scheduled Ad Hoc Committee meeting in early-to-mid September.
- The citywide schools, attendance area boundaries and feeder patterns will be finalized after taking into account any public comment and Board discussion; the final version of the boundary map and feeder patterns will be released by September 28.
- The Superintendent’s proposed transportation policy will be formally presented to the Board as an action item for final adoption at that September 28 meeting.
I can tell from my email that there is a great deal of anxiety and concern about the new process, and I know that it’s frustrating that we don’t have all the information right now for people who are trying to make life decisions that they feel will be affected by the new system. But the process is moving and progress is being made. In the coming weeks a lot of things will become clearer — and hopefully put minds at ease without raising too many new worries (perhaps I am an optimist).
Please use the comments section to post specific questions you have about how the new system will work; I’ll use them as the basis for a FAQ to be posted in August.