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Enrollment balancing fatal for most K-8s
3/29/2016, 5:11 p.m.
Portland School Superintendent Carole Smith announced Monday that she has made her recommendations to the school board for balancing enrollment across schools and reconfiguring many K-8 schools into K-5s and middle schools.
The school board will consider the proposal at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at district headquarters and then vote on the plan on Tuesday, April 5.
For north and northeast Portland, the proposal calls for Ockley Green once again becoming a middle school, phased in over two years. Beach, Chief Joseph, Peninsula and Woodlawn would become K-5 buildings, and students will then attend Ockley Green for middle school.
By the fall of 2017, the Harriet Tubman building in north Portland, a former middle school for girls that was closed just four years ago, would reopen as a middle school for both sexes, as would Roseway Heights in northeast Portland.
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt , King, Sabin, and Irvington would convert to K-5s, with students attending Tubman. Rose City Park would open as a K-5 neighborhood school and students would attend Roseway Heights Middle School.
Scott, Vestal, and Lee would be converted to K-5s, with students attending Roseway Heights Middle School. ACCESS Academy would move to Humboldt School which is now vacant. Vernon K-8 will be converted to a K-5 and students will then attend Beaumont Middle School.
By the fall of 2018, Kellogg would reopen as a middle school in southeast Portland, and Astor would be converted to a K-5 in north Portland with its students attending George Middle School.
Several changes are also planned for the west side of Portland to relieving overcrowding at Chapman K-5 and Lincoln High School.