Pendleton releases boundary proposal

In anticipation of North Hill’s two elementary schools closing, the Pendleton School District unveiled a new boundaries proposal Tuesday.

The proposal sends almost all North Hill students to Washington Elementary School.

The boundary between Washington and Sherwood Heights elementary schools is divided by Highway 37, with the exception of Northwest 21st Street and the surrounding area, which has been drawn into the Sherwood Heights boundary.

The area between Court Avenue and Interstate Highway 84 is within the Sherwood Heights boundary, covering most of the flats and South Hill. The Sherwood boundary ends to the east at Garner’s Sporting Goods on Court.

Sherwood Heights’ boundaries also include an area east of Southgate, between Interstate Highway 84 and Southwest 37th Street, including Southwest 28th Street.

All students living east of Southgate and south of Interstate Highway 84 are within McKay Creek Elementary School boundaries. Children that live west of Southgate and south of Southwest 37th Street will also attend McKay under the proposal.

For district students living east of Pendleton, including those on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Interstate Highway 84 acts as a clear-cut boundary — children living north of Interstate Highway 84 attend Washington while students living south of the highway go to McKay Creek.

Superintendent Jon Peterson selected the proposed boundary map after a lengthy process.

The district originally formed a committee comprised of parents, principals and a Mid Columbia Bus Co. official and tasked them with considering seven boundary map options.

The committee whittled the options down to two, which were presented to the public through a series of public meetings in late April and early May.

The parents’ input was then turned over to Superintendent Jon Peterson, who used it as a factor in his decision.

The district is redrawing district boundaries as new facilities for Washington and Sherwood Heights are being built.

The new buildings will have larger capacities, allowing the district to consolidate Lincoln Primary School and West Hills Intermediate School. After the new Washington and Sherwood Heights are completed in 2016, Lincoln will be repurposed into the district’s central office. West Hills will become an alternative school and career-technical education center.

Starting next year, all current elementary schools will serve first through fifth grades. The district’s kindergarten students will be centrally located at the Pendleton Early Learning Center, formerly Hawthorne Alternative High School.

The proposal will be considered for approval at the Pendleton School Board meeting Monday at 6:00 p.m. The board meeting is at the Intermountain Education Service District Lodgepole Room, 2001 S.W. Nye Ave.

For more information, contact the district office at 541-276-6711.

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