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Spokane Public Schools wants parents input on boundary changes

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Public Schools will undergo one of the biggest boundary changes in more than a quarter century in 2021.

Last year, the Spokane Public School board approved moving to a K-5 elementary school model and a 6-8 middle school model. The plans called for more middle schools to be built in the future and new schools means new boundaries.

That possibility has parents concerned. That’s why on Tuesday night, they get their say in making the boundaries. The feedback meeting will be happening at Glover Middle School at 7 p.m.

The last major boundary change for Spokane Public Schools was around 1980. "You just say the word boundary change and it tends to raise the blood pressure of a lot of parents because when people buy their home, they are buying it for the schools more often than not," said Kevin Morrison, Director of Communications and Community Relations at Spokane Public Schools.

That’s why the district has been taking steps toward such a big change and collecting feedback at every stage.

Morrison says they've already identified some priorities to consider, such as grandfathering which allows students to finish prior enrollment, that includes supporting one to two years of grandfathering at the most.

Neighborhoods is another priority like creating boundaries that will be adaptable and enduring. “Keeping schools in neighborhood schools, keeping students as close to schools as possible, keeping safe routes. We’re excited about any changes we can do anything that we can do to improve the schools, improve the number of schools reduce the class sizes," said Morrison.

If parents miss out on Tuesday, there is another meeting they can go to this week on Thursday May 10 at 7 p.m. at Shaw Middle School.

If parents cannot go, they can join the conversation online by completing a form where they can voice their opinion.  Click here for more information.

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