Hazelwood Elementary boundaries to change for 2012-13 school year

December 1, 2011

By Staff

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NEW — 4:55 p.m. Dec. 1, 2011

The Renton School Board at its Nov. 30 meeting voted to reopen Honey Dew Elementary School as a full kindergarten through fifth-grade school next year — a move that will change the boundaries for eight elementary schools, including the boundaries for Newcastle’s Hazelwood Elementary.

The new boundaries will go into effect at the start of the 2012-13 school year.

Creating boundaries for Honey Dew Elementary, located at 800 Union Ave N.E. in Renton, triggers changes to boundaries for eight other elementary schools — Hazelwood, Bryn Mawr, Campbell Hill, Highlands, Kennydale, Lakeridge, Maplewood Heights and Sierra Heights. Other district elementary schools do not have boundary changes.

There are no boundary changes for the district’s middle and high schools.

The boundaries will be presented at two public meetings from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bryn Mawr Elementary in Seattle and from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Highlands Elementary School in Renton.

The board approved the boundaries for Honey Dew in December 2010. The district’s Boundary Review Committee, a group of parents from each elementary school and district staff members, prepared the changes.

Boundary changes are necessary to populate the new school, accommodate enrollment growth throughout the district and alleviate overcrowding, according to the district.

The board has worked with district staff for more than four years to prepare for the Honey Dew opening, including monitoring student enrollment and dedicating a portion of the district’s annual operating funds to savings each year to fund the school’s reopening. Right now the school is being used to teach kindergarten students from three district elementary schools.

After further review of the number of students that will attend schools included in the boundary changes, the district has made slight alterations to some of the boundaries approved by the board in 2010.

Parents and students who live in the areas of elementary school boundary changes can see next year’s new school assignment by attending the public meetings or going to the district’s school and bus routes finder at http://busroutes.rentonschools.us/edulog/webquery and entering in their home address.

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