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September 24, 2015

UPDATE: Boundary meeting planned for Oct. 28

UPDATE 10/21/15

Based on community feedback gathered at the boundary meetings and via email, new options have been added for both elementary and middle school boundaries (see Elementary Option 4 and Middle School Option 3 below).

An additional school boundary meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 at 6 p.m. at the Administration Center (1000 W. 4th Avenue) for community members to better understand the new options and provide feedback. If you are unable to attend the boundary meeting, feedback may be sent to feedback@ksd.org until November 3.

On November 4, the School Board will make its final decision in order to provide families with enough time for the School Choice process if they want to attend a non-boundary school.

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Elementary Options

(View current boundary map)

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4 - NEW (Interactive Map)

Option 4 - NEW (pdf version)

Middle School Options

(View current boundary map)

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3 - NEW (Interactive Map)

Option 3 - NEW (pdf version)

As Kennewick School District prepares to open a new elementary school, a new middle school and a new Desert Hills Middle School during the 2016-17 school year, it is also considering options for new elementary and middle school boundaries that will also take effect next school year.

When developing new boundary options, the board directed the administration to put priority on creating neighborhood schools, followed by avoiding non-contiguous boundaries and balancing demographics.

“When we open the new schools next year, we want to have a boundary plan in place that addresses the board’s priority of creating neighborhood schools,” stated Superintendent Dave Bond. “It is also an opportunity for us to attempt to balance school enrollment and create space in areas where we anticipate future growth.”

SCHOOL CHOICE PROCESS

After the school boundaries are decided, students who live outside a school boundaries may request a transfer, also known as School Choice, from December 1 until January 29.

If space is available in the non-boundary school, priority will be given to students who will be enrolled in the 5th and 8th grades for the 2016-17 school year. The next priority will be given to district residents who live outside of their desired school’s boundary. Non-district residents will be given last consideration. Those who request a transfer will be notified of a decision by the end of February. All students approved for a School Choice request must provide their own transportation.

All high school boundaries will remain the same.