Parents Asked To Weigh In On Proposed Boundary Changes For Renton's Middle Schools

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at McKnight Middle School.

The route to school for than 1,100 middle schoolers will change, starting in the 2016/2017 school year.

A community meeting to present proposed preliminary boundaries for the district’s new middle school is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at McKnight Middle School, 1200 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton. Those unable to attend the meeting can choose to take an online survey here to provide input on the proposed boundaries.

The boundaries were created by a committee of parents and district staff for the new middle school scheduled to open in the north end of the district in the fall of 2016. The School Board will consider the boundary proposal at a February Board meeting.

The proposed boundaries changes are for middle schools only: there are no changes to high school boundaries.

The proposed boundaries for the new middle school will also mean boundary changes for the district’s other three middle schools. The boundaries work to populate the new school, while also reducing the number of students and creating more uniformity in the numbers of students attending each middle school.

The proposed boundary changes are shown in the map above: The heavy black lines show current middle school boundaries (these are also high school boundaries which will not change); the blue area is the boundaries for the new middle school; the pink area is the new boundaries for McKnight Middle School; the yellow area is the new boundaries for Dimmitt Middle School; and the green area is the new boundaries for Nelsen Middle School.

*Editor's Note: Information provided by the Renton School District.


Pauline January 15, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Why would your kids go to Dimmitt? The Rolling Hills neighborhood would still go to Nelsen according to this map.
Renton_Citizen January 15, 2013 at 04:43 PM
If I am reading the map incorrectly, I'd be thrilled! My understanding is the current boundries are the heavy black lines and the highlighted colors are the proposed boundries. I live in the North side of Rolling Hills, and that is the yellow area east of the heavy black lines. The development is divided by Puget Drive, which is currently the elementary line between Tiffany Park and Cascade. If I am wrong...great! Please share your thoughts on how you see the map. I will learn more tonight at the meeting.
Renton_Citizen January 16, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Sad news....I learned last night the plan for Tiffany Park Elementary students is to divide them between McNight, Dimmit and Nelson for middle school. Then, they'll throw them all back together again for Lindberg. At the end of the day, it's not about what's best for kids. They have a numbers game to play and have to move kids around to get them distributed among the middle schools. It's great news we were able to add a school, but class sizes aren't changing. They aren't adding any new teachers. They will take the same number of middle school teachers and divide them among the 4 schools. I understand they're in a tough spot. I don't have a solution, except somehow to get more money for schools. Now it's just up to my family to identify the options, the costs of time and money for each option, and figure out what works best for my kids.
John January 21, 2013 at 06:29 PM
I live in Rolling Hills North and do not support the Boundary line change for our Neighborhood schools. I worry as Vice President of the Rolling Hills Association about our neighborhood community because you are dividing our neighborhood in half by this decision plus how this will effect our neighborhood activities most importantly our swim team. Lastly people move to Rolling Hills because of our neighboring schools, our neighborhood amenities, and our high quality of Real Estate. We have been hit by the recession and do not need to be hit again.
Renton_Citizen January 23, 2013 at 06:09 PM
A big "Thank You" goes out to the Rolling Hills Community and the Middle School Boundary Committee. The Rolling Hills Neighborhood rallied, filled out the online survey, e-mailed school board members, reached out to their networks, and attended the meeting held last night. The committee listened to the input, reviewed the data, and updated their recommendation to leave the west boundary between Dimmit and Nelsen as is. I feel so lucky to be part of a community that works together and listens to each other.


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