BEND, OR -- The Bend La Pine school district’s boundary committee is nearly ready to send a final recommendation to Superintendent Ron Wilkinson. After narrowing three proposals down to its top choice, Wilkinson tells KBND News, the committee is still considering public comment received at recent community meetings. "The most common concern is, it’s ok to move most any area except for my kids. And that’s true for all of us and we understand that. But, concerns are about socio-economic balance, there are a few ways to improve that balance."
Wilkinson expects to receive a final version of the school boundary maps from the committee by next week. "There are a couple of areas where people have identified you can’t get out of that neighborhood without going through another neighborhood because of where the traffic flows. So, literally, committee members and staff members have been out driving some of those spots over the last week, trying to get as much of that together." New maps are required before the district’s new elementary and middle schools open this fall. The committee has already recommended fifth, eighth, 11th and 12th graders be grandfathered into their current schools, if they so choose.