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					Talk Points for Recommended NSAP Maps
November 3, 2009



Key messages about the plan
    The new student assignment plan is a critical step toward making every school an excellent school. The
     heart of the plan is to serve students closer to home.
    Families appreciate the plan’s predictability and support for neighborhood schools.
    The new student assignment plan is one of many important actions we are taking to ensure excellent
     instruction in every classroom.

Community feedback on proposed boundaries
   We appreciate the extensive involvement of our families and community as we have developed maps
    for the new student assignment plan. From thousands of comments, four major themes emerged:
          Families want assurances that every school will be an excellent school;
          They support predictable assignments and feeder patterns;
          Many people have expressed concerns about children being able to walk to school safely; and
          Families expressed a strong desire for younger siblings to be able to attend the same school as
            older students.
   The requests we received to change boundaries were related to feeder patterns; to supporting greater
    consistency with District goals; or adjustments based on specific neighborhood conditions such as
    walkability, transportation needs, geography, and neighborhood identity.

Process for reviewing requests and making changes to maps
    A cross-departmental team assessed requests in light of School Board approved boundary
      development guidelines, on-going analysis of enrollment projections, and district goals;
    As long as changes could be made without conflicting with boundary development guidelines, they
      were made—even if that resulted in some potential enrollment imbalances when comparing enrollment
      at different schools;
    A steering committee of executive management, school leaders, and their staffs made decisions on any
      adjustments to the recommended maps;
    Grandfathering for currently enrolled students and school choice remain options for families.

Attendance area changes include:
     Changes in high school attendance boundaries to balance capacity at north end schools and enable
       more students to walk to school. (Ballard, Roosevelt, Nathan Hale, Ingraham)
     Changes in attendance areas for Chief Sealth and West Seattle High Schools to enable more students
       to walk to school, to more closely align attendance area boundaries with neighborhoods, and to
       support the District’s commitment to the co-location of Denny and Sealth.
     Changes were made in attendance area boundaries within all nine middle school service areas. These
       adjustments enable more students to walk to school, more closely align attendance area boundaries
       with neighborhoods, and reflect changes in enrollment growth projections based on 2009/10 data.
       Changes in the Denny and Madison service areas reflect the desire by families for more students to
       walk to school, for attendance area boundaries that more closely reflect neighborhoods, and to support
       the co-location of Denny and Sealth.

Changes requested but not made
    In many instances, the recommend maps reflect the community’s requests for changes to boundaries.
    Where changes were requested but not made, the primary reasons were either that the functional
      capacity for a building would be exceeded, or the request did not align with the boundary development
      guidelines approved by the School Board.



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ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES
    We encourage families to review and comment on the recommended maps. The School Board is
     scheduled to vote on these maps on November 18

      A wide array of resources is available for families on our Web site (see below). Families will also
       receive a brochure in the mail that shows the recommended maps.

      Community Meetings
         o November 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Roosevelt High School
         o November 7, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Rainier Beach High School

      Public Hearing, November 9, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. People may sign up to testify starting Thursday,
       November 5, 8 a.m., by emailing hearing@seattleschools.org or by calling 206 252 0042.

      Board meeting – November 4, 6:00 p.m. (sign up begins Monday, 11/2, 8 a.m. via email to
       boardagenda@seattleschools.org or phone 206 252 0040.

      Board meeting – November 18, 6:00 p.m. (sign up begins Monday, 11/16, 8 a.m. via email to
       boardagenda@seattleschools.org or phone 206 252 0040

      www.seattleschools.org
             New Student Assignment Web Site
             Recommended Maps
             Address Look-Up Tool
             FAQs
             High level summary of comments and document regarding rationale for changes in
             boundaries

      Email newassign@seattleschools.org

      Email schoolboard@seattleschools.org


Next Steps
    Following approval of final attendance area maps, a full transition plan will be developed that considers
      transportation, sibling grandfathering, developing programs for buildings that will open in 2010, 2011
      and 2012, and many other details.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON CHANGES

High School Attendance Area Changes
   • Ballard: changes made to balance capacity at north end schools, preserve capacity at Ballard for
      projected increase in enrollment, and enable more students to walk to Roosevelt. Changes requested
      but not made include extending the northern boundary beyond NW 85th Street because it would have
      put Ballard over its functional capacity.
   • Ingraham: changes made to balance capacity at north end high schools and enable more students to
      walk to Ingraham.


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   •   Roosevelt: changes made to balance capacity at north end high schools and enable more students to
       walk to Roosevelt.
   •   Chief Sealth: changes made to reflect community input to enable more students to walk to Chief
       Sealth and to more closely align attendance area boundaries with neighborhoods. They also reflect the
       District’s commitment to support co-location of Denny and Chief Sealth.
   •   West Seattle: changes made to reflect community input to enable more students to walk to West
       Seattle and to more closely align attendance area boundaries with neighborhoods.

Middle School Attendance Area Changes

Whitman: changes reflect community desires to enable more students to walk to elementary schools within
this attendance area and to more closely align attendance area boundaries with neighborhoods. Changes also
reflect more recent 2009-10 data which show an increase in the growth for the Greenwood, Loyal Heights, and
Whittier attendance area; boundaries were adjusted to accommodate this growth.

Eckstein: changes made to reflect community requests to expand the southern portion of the Sand Point
attendance area, to enable more students to walk to elementary schools within this attendance area and to
more closely align attendance area boundaries with neighborhoods.

Changes requested but not made include moving Laurelhurst into the Eckstein attendance area because of a
lack of capacity at Eckstein and inability to create additional capacity without violating boundary development
factors.

Hamilton: changes made reflect community requests to expand the John Stanford attendance area, expand
the southern portion of the Sand Point attendance area; expand the Laurelhurst attendance area to include the
region around UW; and to enable more students to walk to elementary schools within this attendance area.
Changes also reflect 2009-10 data which show an increase in the growth for the McDonald attendance area;
boundaries were adjusted to accommodate this growth.

Mercer: changes reflect recent 2009-10 data which show a decrease in the growth of the Maple and Van
Asselt attendance areas and an increase in the growth of the Beacon Hill attendance area.

Washington: changes reflect community desires for the John Muir attendance area to be more consistent with
the boundaries of its surrounding neighborhoods, create a more north-south alignment for the Lowell
attendance area, and to enable more students to walk to elementary schools within this attendance area.

Aki Kurose: request was made to expand the proposed middle school attendance area but not made because
expanding the Aki Kurose boundary would exceed its functional capacity.

McClure: changes made to preserve north-south walking routes in the Coe and John Hay areas.

Madison: changes reflect community input to enable more students to walk to elementary schools within this
attendance area and to more closely align attendance area boundaries with neighborhoods.

Denny: changes made to reflect community input to enable more students to walk to elementary schools
within this attendance area and to more closely align attendance area boundaries with neighborhoods. They
also reflect the District’s commitment to support co-location of Denny and Chief Sealth.

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