BEND, OR -- Bend-La Pine Schools released three potential boundary maps for elementary schools, Tuesday, and are now taking public feedback on the proposals. The options were developed by the Attendance Area Review Committee, in an effort to balance attendance when the new elementary school opens on the north end of Bend, next fall.
Christy McLeod is on of the the 27 committee members who have worked for months to come up with maps that met the needs of schools, families and bus drivers. She says every elementary school is likely to see boundary changes, "The thing that I think is the most challenging is that there’s not a really simple easy answer – easy solution. So, it’s going to take a lot of back and forth. And it’s really critical that we get feedback from the community, and their views of the different things; maybe they’ve thought of something we haven’t."
She knows there won't be one answer that pleases everyone, but says it's about helping kids learn and finding the best solution for the broader community, "With the amount of growth that we’re having, it’s a good problem to have that we are building new schools and we’re able to look at the enrollment that can create the best learning environment for all the elementary students."
The committee heard from the public during a Tuesday open house. Another will be held Thursday at Pacific Crest Middle School, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Input will also be accepted through the district’s website where all three draft maps can be viewed in detail. McLeod tells KBND News, "The committee will get back together again, and we will come to terms with what we would view as one single map, based on the committee’s work that we’ve done to date and the feedback from the wider community, and make a recommendation to the district about what the boundary lines should be for all the elementary schools." That final recommendation is expected in January.