Portland Public Schools has launched a multi-year process to develop a plan to balance student enrollment and programs across our district, which serves nearly 50,000 students in 81 schools. Enrollment and Program Balancing uses both a data-driven analysis process and community input to address needs such as equity and inclusion, transportation, facilities constraints, and much more.
March 2020 Update: Community members invited to apply for Guiding Coalition
With work about to start in Portland Public Schools’ effort to balance our boundaries and programs, we are seeking community members to serve on a committee to help guide the project in Southeast Portland – the first phase of the district-wide effort.
Family and community members with ties to our Southeast Portland schools are invited to apply for the Guiding Coalition that will review draft proposals, consider community input and make recommendations for new boundaries, school feeder patterns and special program locations.
Apply for Guiding Coalition
Selected members will be asked to be available for meetings, open houses and other gatherings on Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., through November 2020. The coalition will meet from April to June, then September to November, at locations in Southeast Portland. Childcare and interpreters will be available.
The application window, which opened Tuesday, March 3, will close March 17. Applicants will be notified if they are selected by March 20. The first Guiding Coalition meeting will be held on Thursday, April 2.
Enrollment and program balancing work will begin in Southeast Portland with a focus on setting attendance boundaries for the newly modernized Kellogg Middle School, which will open the fall of 2021. The final decision on boundaries and feeder patterns for Southeast schools will be made by the Board of Education in winter 2021, with changes taking effect in the 2021-22 school year. Balancing work on the rest of the district will follow.
At its meeting last week, the Board advanced the process by approving, by a 7-0 vote, a scope of work that established goals and approaches for the district-wide process.
“This work has been pending for a very long time, and I think it’s going to produce more efficient use of our facilities,” Board Director Rita Moore said at the meeting. “And that means we’re going to be able to provide better learning environments for all of our students.”
FLO Analytics, the contractor working with the district on the project, is conducting a district-wide analysis that will be released later this month.