Seattle School Board votes to change boundaries

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 10:23 AM

After months of debate and discussion, board members for Seattle Public Schools have given final approval to a plan that will redraw the boundary maps for middle and elementary schools students.

The vote took place late Wednesday night, at the end of a meeting that lasted almost seven hours.

The district says revisions are needed to make more room for growing enrollment, and the changes will affect about 20 percent of schools in the Seattle School District.

Still, that 20 percent has been very vocal in this process, including Seattle World School, an option school that serves immigrant and English language learners. 

At the end of Wednesday's school board meeting, supporters of Seattle World School told KING 5 the end result was one they were pleased with.

Not all parents shared that sentiment.

Concerns voiced over the last few weeks range from worries about students being uprooted and bounced around to siblings being zoned to different schools.

One thing is clear, the boundaries are bound to change again. The district says the new boundaries may still not create enough room to meet enrollment demand in the future.

The unanimous vote included several amendments to the original plan, and came at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Related:

Boundaries information

Map: recommendations to implement for the 2014-15 school year

Map: recommendations for long-range boundaries to be phased in through 2020

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