Public hearing about expanding Hazelwood Elementary attendance area is Wednesday

November 30, 2010

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UPDATED — 3:35 p.m. Dec. 1, 2010

The Renton School District will host a public hearing at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Kohlwes Education Center, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton, regarding recommended boundary changes for its elementary schools.

The change would expand Hazelwood Elementary School’s attendance area and could bring as many as 40 new students to the school.

The district plans to open Honey Dew Elementary School, 800 Union Ave. N.E. in Renton, for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, and the boundary changes would be made to accommodate the school opening. The district reopened Honey Dew Elementary this year for kindergarteners.

More than 17 years ago, the Renton School District used Honey Dew as a full-time elementary school. However, as growth trends changed, the school was no longer needed and it was closed.

A Boundary Review Committee recommended the boundary changes, and the changes will be subject to approval by the Renton School Board.

Several schools in the district are also over capacity, and the boundary changes would help mitigate such population.

Hazelwood Elementary is at 80 percent capacity, with 453 students and a capacity of 564. The change would expand the school’s service area south and potential boost the student body to 493 students, which would put the school at 87 percent capacity. See the map here, on page 31.

District officials said their goal is to have schools at 90 percent capacity.

See more information about the changes here here.

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