Renton unveils proposed boundaries for new middle school

January 31, 2013

By Staff

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All Renton School District middle school students that reside in Newcastle will attend the new middle school when it opens in 2016, based on preliminary boundaries released by the district.

Construction of the new middle school, on the site of the current Renton Academy, 6928 116th Ave. S.E., means boundary changes for the district’s three other middle schools as well.

Contributed by Renton School DistrictMap of new proposed middle school boundary lines to be effective in the fall of 2016: The heavy black lines show current middle school boundaries (which are also high school boundary lines that will not change); the blue area is the boundary for the new middle school and the pink area is the new boundary for McKnight Middle School.

Contributed by Renton School District
Map of new proposed middle school boundary lines to be effective in the fall of 2016: The heavy black lines show current middle school boundaries (which are also high school boundary lines that will not change); the blue area is the boundary for the new middle school and the pink area is the new boundary for McKnight Middle School.

With the proposed boundary changes, more than 1,100 middle school students will change schools when the new one opens in 2016. More than 750 of those students will be moving from McKnight Middle School to the new middle school.

The boundaries work to populate the new school, while also reducing the number of students and creating more uniformity in the numbers of students attending each middle school.

Renton School District middle schools are among the largest in the state, with enrollment at McKnight, Nelsen and Dimmitt middle schools well above Washington’s state average of 609 students in 2011. McKnight and Nelsen each had more than 1,000 students; Dimmitt had about 950 for the 2011-2012 school year.

The new middle school does not alter high school boundaries. The proposed boundaries would not take effect until the new school opens in 2016.

Construction is set to begin in March 2015 on what will be the district’s fourth middle school, made possible thanks to voter support of an April 2012 bond measure. The $97 million bond measure will fund the school, improvements to the Lindbergh High School pool and other construction costs.

The new middle school would accommodate students currently in second through fourth grades.

A committee of parents and district staff members constructed the boundaries, and the Renton School Board is expected to consider the proposal at its Feb. 6 board meeting.

The board may be asked to approve the proposed boundaries at the meeting, but district spokesman Randy Matheson cautioned that even if the board does approve them, the boundaries are still preliminary and changes could be made before the new school opens.

The Renton School District plans on setting up an interactive map, where users can type in their address to find out which middle school their child will attend in 2016. The map is not yet available, so until then, parents with questions are encouraged to call the district’s community relations office at 204-2345.

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