Original Reconfiguration Proposals - April 2006

The Board of Education voted on these proposals in May 2006. For up-to-date information on the ongoing community facilitated planning processes now underway, please click on Community Conversations (Phase 2) link on the upper left hand side of this page.

05/24/2006

Portland School Board approves plans to create 19 K-8 schools, close four buildings to improve student achievement and cut facilities, administration costs

Background Information on Original Reconfiguration Proposals (Phase 1)

George Middle School, James John and Sitton Elementary Schools

Updated Information (06/19/2006)

Additional information about the ongoing community conversation

Superintendent Phillips is asking the community to develop a proposal around George Middle School and James John and Sitton elementary schools.

The goal is to create three strong schools in the area, each with enough students and teachers to support a strong curriculum. Options could include boosting the middle school’s enrollment by attracting more neighborhood students, and further strengthening the educational program at all three schools in their current K-5 and middle school configuration. The community might also explore boundary changes, or options to transition all three schools to the K-8 model.

The number of families and students living in North Portland is expected to grow over the next 10 years, so Superintendent Phillips is not asking the community to consider closing a school building.

The school district’s area director and school principals will work with the school communities (including the school Site Councils and PTAs) and a community-based facilitator to develop a proposal to the Superintendent by Nov. 1. Superintendent Phillips will then forward her recommendations to the School Board for a vote, with implementation of the plan to start in fall 2007.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Reconfiguration Letter

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Portsmouth Middle School, Astor, Ball, Clarendon and Peninsula Elementary Schools

Superintendent Phillips is proposing to turn three elementary schools into K-8 schools: Astor, Peninsula and Clarendon. Portsmouth’s middle school program would phase out, and Clarendon K-8 would move into the current Portsmouth building.

  • Portsmouth Middle School would phase out, accepting no new students. In 2006-07, it would serve only seventh- and eighth-grade students, and in 2007-08, only eighth-grade students.
  • Astor Elementary would grow to K-8 in its current school building, adding a grade each year and limiting incoming transfers to manage its school size.
  • Ball Elementary, which moves to New Columbia in fall 2006, would continue as a K-5, with students moving to sixth grade in either Peninsula or Clarendon.
  • Clarendon would grow to K-8 over three years. In fall 2006, it would add sixth grade in its current building. In 2007, it would move intact as a K-7, joining the remaining Portsmouth eighth-grade students and creating a merged K-8. The school community might choose to establish a new name for the combined school at that time. The current Clarendon building would be closed.
  • Peninsula would grow to K-8 by one grade a year in its large building, becoming a year-round K-8 school.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Reconfiguration Letter

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Fernwood Middle School, and Hollyrood, Irvington and Laurelhurst Elementary Schools

Updated Information (06/19/2006)

Additional information about the ongoing community conversation

The Superintendent proposes to transition these schools to become three K-8s, to phase out the Fernwood Middle School program, and to maintain the Hollyrood building as a temporary annex to the Fernwood/Hollyrood merged school.

  • Irvington and Laurelhurst elementary schools would transition to become K-8, adding one grade level a year, starting with sixth grade in fall 2006. Both would limit new transfers to manage school size during the three-year transition.
  • Hollyrood, now a K-3 program that feeds into Laurelhurst and then Fernwood, would grow to become a K-8 program over several years. It would merge with Fernwood Middle School and use the Fernwood building as its primary site, with the current Hollyrood building serving as a temporary school annex until the transition is complete. The new school community might choose a new name.
  • Boundaries would be adjusted among the three elementary neighborhoods (Hollyrood, Irvington and Laurelhurst) to balance enrollment among the three eventual K-8s. Some areas that now send students to Laurelhurst would instead be assigned to Hollyrood and Irvington. This applies only to new students – whether incoming kindergartners or older students moving into the neighborhood and enrolling for the first time. Current students would stay at the school they now attend.
  • Current Fernwood sixth- and seventh-grade students could continue in their school building through eighth grade.
  • The current Hollyrood building would become a preschool center, phasing in during the transition of the Fernwood building to K-8.

Superintendent Phillips is asking the Hollyrood and Fernwood communities to collaborate on a proposal to transition toward one K-8 community in one building. The proposal is due to her by May 1.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Fernwood Middle School, Hollyrood, Irvington, Laurelhurst and Sabin elementaries: Irvington, Laurelhurst and Sabin elementary schools would add 6th grade for students in their attendance areas (and students on transfer to their schools) in 2006-07 as originally proposed. Hollyrood neighborhood students would continue for one further year under their current enrollment pattern (K-3 at Hollyrood, 4-5 at Laurelhurst, 6-8 at Fernwood Middle School and 9-12 at Grant High). In the fall of 2007, all Hollyrood neighborhood students would move into Fernwood as a full K-8 program. This would allow 15 months for the school district to ensure the Fernwood building is improved to meet the needs of young students. Transfers would be limited, with co-enrolled siblings having highest priority, followed by other students in the Grant High School attendance area.

Reconfiguration Letter

Supporting Documents

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Sabin Elementary and Beaumont Middle School

The Superintendent proposes to create a full K-8 program at Sabin Elementary, with the neighborhood program growing by one grade a year, starting with sixth grade in 2006. The Access Program at Sabin already serves K-8 students. Beaumont Middle School would no longer serve incoming Sabin neighborhood students, except by transfer.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Fernwood Middle School, Hollyrood, Irvington, Laurelhurst and Sabin elementaries: Irvington, Laurelhurst and Sabin elementary schools would add 6th grade for students in their attendance areas (and students on transfer to their schools) in 2006-07 as originally proposed. Hollyrood neighborhood students would continue for one further year under their current enrollment pattern (K-3 at Hollyrood, 4-5 at Laurelhurst, 6-8 at Fernwood Middle School and 9-12 at Grant High). In the fall of 2007, all Hollyrood neighborhood students would move into Fernwood as a full K-8 program. This would allow 15 months for the school district to ensure the Fernwood building is improved to meet the needs of young students. Transfers would be limited, with co-enrolled siblings having highest priority, followed by other students in the Grant High School attendance area.

Reconfiguration Letter

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Gregory Heights Middle School, Lee, Rigler, Rose City Park, Scott and Vestal Elementary Schools

In outer Northeast Portland, Superintendent Phillips is proposing to expand five elementary schools to become K-8 programs: Lee, Rigler, Rose City Park, Scott and Vestal. Gregory Heights’ middle school program would phase out, and Rose City Park would move into the current Gregory Heights building, becoming a K-8.

  • Gregory Heights Middle School would phase out, accepting no new students. In 2006-07, it would serve only seventh- and eighth-grade students; and in 2007-08, only eighth-grade students.
  • Lee, Rigler, Scott and Vestal elementary schools would grow to K-8 in their current school buildings, adding a grade each year, starting with sixth grade in fall 2006.
  • Rose City Park would grow to K-8 over three years. In fall 2006, it would add sixth grade in its current building. In 2007, it would move intact as a K-7, joining the remaining Gregory Heights eighth-grade students and creating a merged K-8. The school community might choose to establish a new name at that time. The current Rose City Park building would be closed.
  • The boundary between Rigler and Faubion Elementary School, to its northwest, would be adjusted to assign a small number of incoming neighborhood students to Faubion. The Superintendent is not proposing further boundary changes at this time.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Reconfiguration Letter

Supporting Documents

District Maps

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Binnsmead Middle School, Bridger, Clark, Creative Science School, Lent and Marysville and Elementary Schools

Updated Information (06/19/2006)

Additional information about the ongoing community conversation

Superintendent Phillips is proposing to expand four elementary schools to become K-8 programs: Clark, Bridger, Marysville and the Creative Science School. Bridger’s neighborhood program would merge with Binnsmead in the current Binnsmead building to become a K-8.

  • Marysville and the Creative Science School would grow to K-8 in their current school buildings, adding sixth grade next year. The School Board previously voted to expand the Creative Science School to K-8.
  • Clark would also grow to become a K-8, but would not expand to K-6 until fall 2007 (in fall 2006, sixth-grade students from Clark would attend Binnsmead).
  • Bridger’s neighborhood program would grow to K-6 and would move into the Binnsmead building in fall 2006. The merged schools would operate as a K-8. The school community could choose to establish a new name at that time.
  • As already planned, Bridger will start a Spanish immersion program in fall 2006. It would bring that program to Binnsmead when the neighborhood program moves to that building.
  • New attendance boundaries for the Clark and Bridger/Binnsmead K-8 schools would be set to balance enrollment between the schools. These new boundaries would affect only students enrolling for the first time, at kindergarten or as they move into the neighborhood. Current students in those schools would not be moved based on the new boundaries, unless they choose to transfer schools.
  • Lent Elementary would remain a K-5 school, and its sixth-grade students would continue to attend Binnsmead, and then the merged Bridger-Binnsmead K-8.
  • The Creative Science School would have two years to build to sufficient enrollment (at least 350) to maintain their status as a separate school.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Binnsmead Middle School, Bridger, Marysville, Clark and Lent elementaries and the Creative Science School at Bridger: The Board committee generally supported the Superintendent's intention to bring forward a resolution to move these schools to a K-8 model. Under her proposal, a sixth grade would be added next year to Bridger's neighborhood program, the Creative Science School, Marysville and Lent (previously Lent was proposed to continue as a K-5). Clark is slated to add sixth grade in 2007, as under the original proposal. At the committee's request, the Superintendent's revised proposal will provide a location for the Creative Science School to expand, but will offer alternatives to moving the Bridger neighborhood program into Binnsmead as a K-8 in the fall of 2006.

Reconfiguration Letter

Supporting Documents

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Lane Middle School, Kelly, Whitman and Woodmere Elementary Schools

Updated Information (06/19/2006)

Additional information about the ongoing community conversation

Superintendent Phillips is calling for a community proposal to improve education options for students attending Lane Middle School and Kelly, Whitman and Woodmere elementary schools.

The goal is to create four strong schools in the area, each with enough enrollment to support a strong curriculum. Options could include boosting the middle school’s enrollment by attracting more neighborhood students, and further strengthening the educational program at all four schools in their current K-5 and middle school configuration. The community might also explore boundary changes or adopting the K-8 model for all four schools. They could also work with the neighborhood high school to consider other configurations (K-5, 6-12; K-6, 7-12). The number of families and students living in outer Southeast Portland is expected to grow over the next 10 years, so Superintendent Phillips is not asking the community to consider closing a school building.

The school district’s area director and school principals will work with the school communities (including the school Site Councils and PTAs) and a community-based facilitator to develop a proposal to the Superintendent by Nov. 1. Superintendent Phillips will then forward her recommendations to the School Board for a vote, with implementation of the plan to start in fall 2007.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Reconfiguration Letter

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Kellogg Middle School, Arleta, Atkinson, Creston and Woodstock Elementary Schools

Superintendent Phillips is proposing to close Kellogg Middle School after one more school year due to declining enrollment and the potential of improving student achievement through K-8 schools in the neighborhood area.

  • Arleta and Creston elementary schools would transition to become K-8 schools, adding one grade level a year, starting with sixth grade in fall 2006.
  • Kellogg Middle School would serve only seventh- and eighth-grade students in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the remaining eighth-grade students would be assigned to Hosford Middle School, at 2303 SE 28th Place. The Kellogg building would close in fall 2007.
  • Atkinson Elementary students now are split between Mt. Tabor and Kellogg middle schools. Under this proposal, all neighborhood program students would be assigned to Mt. Tabor for sixth grade, starting in fall 2006. (Language immersion program students continue to Hosford.)
  • Woodstock Elementary neighborhood program students, now assigned to Kellogg, would be assigned to attend Hosford (Woodstock language immersion students already feed into Hosford).

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Kellogg Middle School, Arleta, Creston, Woodstock and Atkinson elementaries: As the middle school program at Kellogg phases out, the original proposal would have moved the remaining 8th grade class in 2007-08 into Hosford Middle School. The Superintendent now proposes to discuss other options with the families of those students (who are in 6th grade this spring), including the possibility of remaining in the Kellogg building through 8th grade or creating an 8th grade academy within the Franklin High School building for one year.

Reconfiguration Letter

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Sellwood Middle School, Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Llewellyn Elementary Schools and Winterhaven K-8

Updated Information (06/19/2006)

Additional information about the ongoing community conversation

Superintendent Phillips is asking the community to develop a proposal around schools located in and around the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhoods, including four elementary schools, Sellwood Middle School and Winterhaven, a focus option K-8 school.

The Superintendent wants to spur a community discussion of how to create strong schools in the area, each with enough students and teachers to support a strong curriculum. Another goal is for the community to develop a plan to consolidate programs into five of the six currently operating buildings (several of the current school buildings would require significant and expensive upgrades to keep operating into the future).

Options could include maintaining the current K-5 and middle school configuration but redrawing boundaries to move from four elementary schools to three. The community might also explore the option of transitioning some schools to a K-8 model. The school district’s area director and school principals will work with the school communities (including the school Site Councils and PTAs) and a community-based facilitator to develop a proposal to the Superintendent by Nov. 1. Superintendent Phillips will then forward her recommendations to the School Board for a vote, with implementation of the plan to start in fall 2007.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Reconfiguration Letter

District Maps

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Lincoln Cluster Schools

Updated Information (06/19/2006)

Additional information about the ongoing community conversation

Superintendent Phillips is asking school communities on the west side to help develop a proposal for their schools that would meet her two goals: closing Rieke Elementary in 2007-08 to address the drop in enrollment in the area, and further reducing crowding at Lincoln High School and West Sylvan Middle School.

Options could include moving schools to a K-8 configuration or some other variation, or the community proposal could maintain the current K-5 and middle school system, while drawing new boundaries to assign Rieke students to new elementary schools. Boundary and feeder pattern changes could also draw students into Wilson cluster schools from West Sylvan and Lincoln.

The school district’s area director and school principals will work with the school communities (including the school Site Councils and PTAs) and a community-based facilitator to develop a proposal to the Superintendent by Nov. 1. Superintendent Phillips will then forward her recommendations to the School Board for a vote, with implementation of the plan to start in fall 2007.

Proposal Revisions

04/25/2006

Timing of School Board consideration: The Board plans to vote on the proposals for only the Northeast and Southeast Portland schools at its meeting Monday, May 1. The remaining proposals, for Southwest and North Portland, will be considered at a later Board meeting, no later than May 8. (The Board Office will announce the date and time once that meeting is scheduled.)

Reconfiguration Letter

Supporting Documents

District Maps

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