Updates on our work to revise attendance zones
A special report from Coeur d'Alene Public Schools — January 14, 2020
An overview of this work
This past fall, we began work on a comprehensive review of all school attendance zones in our district. Updating our attendance zones is necessary to:
- Accommodate community growth and new residential developments that are planned or under construction
- Relieve pressure on schools that are full or over capacity
- Carve out an attendance zone for the new elementary school opening this fall on Prairie Avenue
A Boundary Review Committee with parent and school representatives is working on proposed changes to our attendance zones. After opportunities for public review and comments, the committee's final proposal will go to your Board of Trustees for discussion and a vote this March.
COMING SOON: First look at proposed new boundaries
Plan to attend our Open House events
We have two dates set for Open Houses to let you look at the proposed new boundaries for attendance zones and tell us what you think. These are drop-in opportunities; feel free to stop by anytime during these 2-hour windows.
It's important to know that the proposed new boundaries will be revised after the first Open House, based on the feedback we receive from the community. So you may want to plan on stopping by both nights.
OPEN HOUSE NO. 1
Tuesday, January 21, 6-8 PM
Coeur d'Alene High School commons
OPEN HOUSE NO. 2
Tuesday, February 18, 6-8 PM
Woodland Middle School cafe
In addition, we will have a way for you to view the proposals online and send us your comments via a survey tool.
Listen to our new podcast to learn about boundary issues
Part 1 - The challenge of determining school capacity to know how many students can be placed in each of our schools. LISTEN HERE
Part 2 - Elementary magnet schools and how they fit into the conversation. LISTEN HERE
Part 3 - Coming this Friday at noon.
Find all our podcasts at cdaschools.buzzsprout.com
Board discussion on potential exemptions from transfer
On Monday, January 13, the Board of Trustees met for a workshop to discuss student exemptions from transfer (or grandfathering) with respect to the new attendance zones to be adopted by the Board.
A formal decision about grandfathering students is expected to coincide with the board's final decision on new boundaries. A special board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, to receive a recommendation for new attendance zones.
Below, you can watch the Board's discussion on the question of which students might be allowed to remain in their current schools versus needing to relocate to a new school after revised boundaries take effect.
To help you find discussion points you are most interested in, here's when particular topics begin:
- Superintendent Cook's overview: 02:25
- Magnet elementary schools: 08:00
- Middle/High schools: 45:47
- All other elementary schools: 1:15:45
Trustees listening sessions on grandfathering students
The Board of Trustees has scheduled public listening sessions, at the start and end of the boundary open house events, to listen to families regarding exemptions from transfer (grandfathering) of students.
LISTENING SESSION NO. 1
Tuesday, January 21
5:30-6:15 PM, 7:45-8:30 PM
Coeur d'Alene High School
LISTENING SESSION NO. 2
Tuesday, February 18
5:30-6:15 PM, 7:45-8:30 PM
Woodland Middle School
Meet our Boundary Review Committee
Dr. Steven Cook, Superintendent of Coeur d'Alene Public Schools, appointed the following members to our Boundary Review Committee.
The committee is working with consultant FLO Analytics to develop a proposed update to the school boundaries. The committee is following these guiding principles.
Here are the 38 members of the committee:
Atlas Elementary: Principal Heather Somers, parent Rachel Grady
Borah Elementary: Principal Kristina Davenport or Assistant Principal Aaron Peak, parent Aimee Moffatt
Bryan Elementary: Principal Kristin Gorringe, parent Deb Nelson
Dalton Elementary: Principal Jody Hiltenbrandt, parent Rose Backs
Fernan STEM Academy: Principal Kathy Livingston, parent Tracy Shull
Northwest Expedition Academy: Principal Bill Rutherford, parent Laura Nelson
Hayden Meadows Elementary: Principal Lisa Pica, parent Carl Fulton
Ramsey Magnet School: Principal Crystal Kubista, parent Kevin Mclleland
Skyway Elementary: Principal Jennifer Peak, parent Chanda Walther
Sorensen Magnet School: Principal Brett DePew, parent Danielle Quade
Winton Elementary: Principal Eileen Blough, parent Jennifer Dawson
Canfield Middle: Principal Nick Lilyquist, parent Lindsey Knoll
Lakes Middle: Principal Trayce Hemenway, parent Amber Dirksen
Woodland Middle: Principal Mike Lindquist, parent Tristan Hite
Coeur d'Alene High: Principal Libbi Barrett, parent Rebecca Smith
Lake City High: Principal Deanne Clifford, parent Constance Bond
Long Range Planning Committee delegates: Sarah McCracken, Jodi Johnson, Lauren Gage
SPARCC, the Superintendent's Parent Advisory and Resource Community Council, delegates: Alethea Carpenter, Marie Nail
Coeur d'Alene Education Association delegate: Karina Selby