Renton School Board to consider middle school boundaries

February 1, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 3:25 p.m. Feb. 1, 2013

The Renton School Board will consider a proposed map of middle school boundaries at its regular Feb. 6 meeting.

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.

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.

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.

The boundary-review committee, comprised of parents and district staff, constructed the boundaries. In its proposal to the Renton School Board, the committee recommends that a similar group review the boundaries closer to the date they would take effect in 2016. At that time, the committee could choose to alter the proposed boundaries, if necessary.

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.

The Renton School District has setup an interactive map, where users can type in their address to find out which middle school their child will attend in 2016 on its website www.rentonschools.us.

The Renton School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the district’s administrative offices, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton.

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