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NSD Boundary Meeting to discuss impact to Woodinville’s elementary schools

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
The Northshore School District (NSD) held an open house  on  March 12 to outline proposed changes to school boundaries within the Woodinville area.  The proposed changes could impact students at Bear Creek, Cottage Lake, Eastridge, Sunrise or Wellington Elementary Schools depending on which option the district chooses to implement. 
 
Over  100 people  were in attendance, learning about the proposed changes and to ask questions and express their opinion about what was being purposed.  The district had many employees in attendance to answer questions and two NSD administration employees, Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Joe Paperman and Deputy Superintendent Duggan Harman ran the question and answer session of the meeting.   
 
The proposed changes are due to students enrolled in Elementary Advanced Placement (EAP) program being moved back to regional elementary schools in the 2020-21 school year.  The regional EAP schools will be located in each of the four high school feeder patterns.   Currently, some of the EAP students attending at Bear Creek Elementary (BCE) will be relocated to a school in the North Creek High School feeder pattern. 
 
Summary of the options currently being considered
 
Option A Neighborhood students would stay at BCE.  Local EAP students will stay at BCE. 
 
Option B BCE will only have choice-academic program but not EAP.
All general education (neighborhood) students not enrolled in EAP will move to Cottage Lake Elementary.  All EAP students in Woodinville High School (WHS) feeder pattern will go to Sunrise. 
 
Option C BCE will only have choice-academic program but not EAP.
All general education (neighborhood) students not enrolled in EAP will move to Wellington Elementary.  All EAP students in WHS feeder pattern will go to Sunrise.  Wellington PACE will move to BCE.
 
Option D BCE will only have choice-academic program including EAP.
All general education (neighborhood) students not enrolled in EAP will move to Cottage Lake Elementary.  All EAP students in WHS feeder pattern will go to BCE.  Programs at Cottage Lake will move.
 
Option E BCE will only have choice-academic program but not EAP.
BCE general education students will be divided into two groups depending on address. BCE EAP will move all classes to Sunrise. 
 
Option F Split general education students between two schools with a primary campus serving K-2 and an intermediate campus serving grades 3-5. (Either Eastridge Elementary or Cottage Lake Elementary will be paired with BCE). Not clear where the EAP students will attend in the WHS feeder pattern.
 
Parents were each given one minute to ask their questions.  Parents who represented all of the various groups impacted were in attendance and were asking for there to be consideration of their school community and that students need consistency.  Some students also spoke in support of their programs. 
 
The timeline for the decision is later this spring, subject to school board approval, to be implemented in 2020. The district is still seeking input from the community and the survey to share your thoughts can be accessed at https://form.jotform.com/83467264290159.

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