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Superintendent Grotting Announces Middle School Boundary Decision

Dear BSD Community,

Superintendent Don Grotting has made a decision regarding new middle school boundaries.  He reviewed the recommendations from the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) Advisory Committee, considered the public testimony provided throughout the process and consulted organizational stakeholders before reaching his decision. Superintendent Grotting believes that the new middle school boundary map recommended by the Advisory Committee complies with the objectives issued by the School Board and the factors contained in Board Policy JC.  The primary objectives were to create an attendance boundary for the new middle school located in the Timberland neighborhood and to reduce enrollment at Stoller Middle School to approximately 90% of its permanent capacity.  

Superintendent Grotting has accepted the recommendation of the MSBA Advisory Committee on a new middle school boundary map with no amendments.

In addition, Superintendent Grotting has accepted the MSBA Advisory Committee’s recommendation to offer a legacy option to students who will be entering 8th grade in the 2021-22 school year to remain at the middle school that they attended during the 2020-21 school year.  Any parents/guardians who wish for their students to remain at their former middle schools must complete and submit a Legacy Student form to the district’s Central Office. The Legacy Student form will be available in January 2021.

Superintendent Grotting has not accepted the MSBA Advisory Committee’s recommendation to amend Administrative Rule for Policy JEA to allow siblings of 8th grade legacy students in the 2021-22 school year to attend the same middle school as their 8th grade siblings as administrative transfer students.

In addition, Superintendent Grotting has approved two program changes that impact middle school students:

  • The Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science will be relocated from Five Oaks Middle School to Cedar Park Middle School.
  • The SUMMA program will be expanded to the Timberland-area middle school, in addition to the programs that already exist at Meadow Park, Stoller and Whitford Middle Schools.

For the full report including projected enrollment numbers, please visit the Middle School Boundary Adjustment webpage.

The School Board will review Superintendent Grotting’s decision at its November 30 meeting and vote on the Middle School Boundary Adjustment at its December 14 meeting.