Discussions move one step closer toward decision making
October 30, 2012
Families and staff in the Jefferson cluster and the Llewellyn and Duniway K-5 school neighborhoods will see concrete proposals in coming weeks for addressing enrollment challenges.
Both sets of schools have been engaged in community conversations with Portland Public Schools about how to address overcrowding in some schools and under-enrollment in others to make sure all students have access to a high quality academic program.
The Llewellyn and Duniway discussion in Southeast Portland began last spring to better address continued enrollment growth at Llewellyn. The discussions led to several proposals and a community forum in May.
Next steps for Llewellyn and Duniway:
- This week: PPS staff will recommend a boundary change between the two schools to send additional students to Duniway.
- Nov. 8: A public hearing on the recommendation is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sellwood Middle School, 8300 S.E. 15th Ave.
- Nov. 19: School board work session on the staff recommendation, 6 p.m., Board Auditorium, 501 N. Dixon St. To sign up to testify, call 503-916-3741.
- Next: Superintendent Carole Smith makes a final recommendation to the school board. The board will vote. The date of the board vote will be announced later this month.
- Fall 2013: Changes implemented, impacting new students. Current board policy says that in the event of a boundary change, existing students and their younger, co-enrolled siblings can continue to attend their current school.
Jefferson cluster schools in North Portland absorbed changes last spring when budget cuts led to the closure of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Harriet Tubman and the consolidation of Humboldt PK-8 with Boise-Eliot PK-8, effective this fall.
Several schools in the Jefferson PK-8 cluster either do not have enough students to offer a full comprehensive program or have more students than their buildings can hold. PPS expanded discussion of enrollment challenges to the whole cluster this fall with guidance from community partners. Community meetings were held in all eight feeder schools in October. (View detailed notes by clicking on the school name.)
Next steps for Jefferson schools:
- Nov. 13: Community Forum, 6 pm to 8 pm, at Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby St. Purpose: to get additional feedback on issues that will have impacts across the cluster, such as how and whether to convert some schools back to K-5 and 6-8 structures.
- Mid November: Staff releases several change scenarios for community discussion.
- December: Staff incorporates feedback and recommends a single plan to the Superintendent.
- December/January: Superintendent makes recommendation to the school board.
- January: Board takes community input and votes on the recommendation.
- Fall 2013: Changes implemented. Current board policy says that in the event of a boundary change, existing students and their younger, co-enrolled siblings can continue to attend their current school. In the event of a closure, students are assigned to another school.
Stay informed: As decision-making dates are set for Llewellyn and Duniway and the Jefferson cluster, they will be posted online and shared through schools. Go to www.pps.net, scroll down and click on the “Enrollment Balancing” button.