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School District Boundary Changes Discussed


Drawing new boundary lines on maps, it’s almost always a controversial move for a school district. In the Bend La Pine Schools District, a special committee is giving it's recommendation soon to the Superintendent. The changes are needed to solve a big over-crowding problem at Cascade Middle School. After hearing from lots of parents; committee members are deciding how to shift some students away from Cascade Middle School to alleviate over-crowding. John Rexford is the District Deputy Superintendent: “Its’ capacity is about 800 students plus or minus a little and right now we anticipate 975 students there this fall. You just start getting a lot of friction. Lots of kids in the hallways, the cafeteria; lots of kids in the common spaces, with a few modulars that we have out there. We actually have classrooms for them right now, but in the long run as we continue to grow, there's just not enough room to handle that many students." The boundary committee met Wednesday and drafted a recommendation that all Pine Ridge Elementary students attend Pilot Butte Middle School, while Ensworth Elementary students having a choice between Pilot Butte or Sky View Middle School. Also, a small group of Buckingham Elementary student will also go to Sky View. There will be another public forum about this proposal after spring break, then the committee will give its formal recommendation to the School Board.

 
 

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