You are invited to a Community Forum
So far: During October, schools in the Jefferson cluster hosted community meetings to talk about enrollment challenges and opportunities.
Now: PPS is seeking additional input at a community forum on such key issues as how and whether to convert some schools back to K-5 and 6-8 structures.
Why is this important? Schools in your area may be changed, beginning next year, so that all students have access to a full academic program. Changes could include moving boundary lines or special program locations, changing a school’s grade structure, and—only as a last resort—consolidating or closing schools.
Forum Details: School representatives will share information about their programs from 5:30-6 pm. General presentation begins at 6 pm. Refreshments, interpretation services and free child care for children ages 3-12. Child care space is limited. Please call 503-916-3205 to sign-up in advance.
Next Steps: PPS will release several scenarios for change in mid-November and invite feedback into December. Staff will incorporate feedback and present Superintendent Carole Smith with a single plan. The Superintendent will make a proposal to the School Board for a vote this winter with additional opportunities for community input.
Fall 2013: Changes implemented. Current board policy says that in the event of a boundary change, current students and younger siblings can stay at their current school. In the event of a closure, students are assigned to another school.
Stay informed: To read notes from the community meetings and keep up on what’s next, go to www.pps.net, scroll down and click on the “Enrollment Balancing” button on the lower left.
Questions? Call the PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.
As Portland Public Schools begins its meetings at each of the North and Northeast Portland schools under consideration for boundary changes or possible closure, it has released a PPS student population density map of the area. The full document is here:
Here is the template PowerPoint for the school-based meetings:
School-based enrollment balancing meetings start today at 8:45 am at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt. Next week has meetings at Woodlawn (6:30 pm, Monday, 10/08), Beach (6 pm, Wednesday, 10/10) and Vernon (6 pm, Thursday, 10/11). Later this month, there will be meetings at Faubion (10/15,10/30) Ockley Green (10/15), Chief Joseph (10/17) and King (10/19, 10/23).
Check the full schedule at: http://www.kingpta.org/2012/09/29/pps-releases-enrollment-balancing-meeting-schedule/
Two meetings this week will delve into the long-term changes planned for the schools in North and Northeast Portland that lie within Portland Public Schools’ Jefferson Middle College dual-enrollment zones. Although Jefferson was converted from a neighborhood comprehensive to a middle college focus program in the high school redesign, PPS administers this area separately from the neighborhood high school areas.
At issue is the wide variance in enrollment between various K-5 and K-8 schools in this area. PPS has already closed Humboldt School and Tubman Young Women’s Learning Academy this spring. PPS seeks to resolve the issue of persistent low enrollment at King School and Ockley Green schools while possibly changing some school configurations from K-8 to K-5 and/or creating a new middle school. King’s enrollment of 285 is far short of the district’s goal of 500. PPS also does not project any growth in the PPS student population in King.
On Wednesday July 25th, from 6-8 pm at the King Neighborhood Facility will be thhe enrollment balancing planning meeting. Director of Enrollment and Transfer at PPS, Judy Brennan, will meet with school community members to discuss the public outreach process and identify stakeholder groups in the reconfiguration process. Light dinner and child care will be provided.
The purpose of the meeting is for District staff to share information about enrollment challenges and opportunities at schools in the Jefferson Cluster, and to receive advice from community members on conducting a respectful and productive community process around these issues/opportunities this fall. The overall goal is to have recommendations for School Board action by winter that will be implemented in September 2013.
More than 20 parents and community members representing numerous schools, partner agencies, and neighborhood representatives have been invited to participate.
On Thursday, July 26th, from 6:30-8pm, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods’ Schools Committee will meet at the King Facility as well. This meeting will follow up on the discussion of the previous night. Special guests will include Rep. Lew Frederick and his staffer and former school board member, Sue Hagmeier, for a discussion about how to support inner North and Northeast Portland’s neighborhood schools.
Regional Arts & Culture Council Meeting Notice
Meeting Name: Public Art Advisory Committee
Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Meeting Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Regional Arts & Culture Council Board Room, 411 NW Park Avenue, Meeting Room A
The public is invited to attend and comment at this review of a mural by the Public Art Advisory Committee/Murals Committee of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Please reply to Cheryl Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will attend.
Notice of Review of Public Art Mural Application for: King School Park, 4906 NE 6th Avenue
The purposed mural at 4906 NE 6th Avenue is in the King School Park, and has been designed through listening sessions, suggestions and ideas from the community, King School students, parents, and the neighborhood association. The mural design brings the vibrancy of Martin Luther King’s strength and ability to reach out, with a meeting point for diversity, differences and interdependence.
Robb Cowie, Executive Director, Community Involvement and Public Affairs at PPS will meet with the King School community on Tuesday, June 5th starting at 5:30 in the King School Library. Come to hear about the district’s plans for public engagement in developing the plan to change King School boundaries to raise enrollment and make King sustainable.
As part of the plan to reconfigure the former Jefferson cluster, schools may be closed, change from K-8 to K-5, or change programming. Since the cluster lacks a middle school, a stand-alone middle school may be created. The decision is expected to be finalized by October 2012.
Enrollment Balancing Public Process Meeting
Tuesday, June 5th 5:30pm
King School Library, 4906 NE 6th