North Clackamas School District Boundary Review
Client: North Clackamas School District
Location: Milwaukie, Oregon
North Clackamas School District (NCSD) was experiencing significant student enrollment growth in a particularly fast-growing area of Clackamas County. This—in addition to a new elementary school opening Fall 2019, the modification of an existing high school campus into a new middle school, and a new high school opening in 2021—required a boundary review to optimize school capacities for its attendance areas situated east of Interstate 205.
FLO’s work with NCSD emphasized community engagement, pre-boundary review analysis, and facilitation of boundary review committee meetings. Understanding that a boundary review process is often inherently contentious, a significant part of our work was developing a comprehensive community engagement and communications plan to ensure that NCSD provided a transparent and well-informed process to the community. FLO evaluated the viability of using broad community engagement tools, conducted comprehensive phone surveys of NCSD families, and identified mechanisms for community feedback throughout the boundary review process.
Prior to developing or discussing any proposed boundary maps, FLO assisted NCSD in identifying and articulating a set of underlying values, core principles, and decision-making criteria against which boundaries were evaluated (e.g., equity, transparency, data-driven decision making, limiting impacts to the fewest students, etc.). FLO worked with NCSD staff to review district policies and past practices related to boundary changes and provided recommendations to the District that incorporated our findings from surveys, which obtained input on boundary change concerns and priorities from parents and guardians.
FLO then provided comprehensive facilitation services at committee meetings where members assessed boundary scenarios. We helped plan and attended for all public open houses to help the committee explain the data-driven reasoning behind the boundary scenarios presented. FLO also developed customized web-based mapping applications (a boundary review progress web map and “find my school” application) to illustrate and communicate the boundary review committee’s progress to the community throughout the review process and post board acceptance. Additionally, we were able to identify impacted students to support NCSD in their 3-year implementation and will be maintaining the web-based mapping resources as new boundaries are rolled out.
Watch the video below to experience the challenging and detailed work that went into each boundary review committee meeting, facilitated by the FLO team, during a boundary update.
Additional boundary review services for NCSD included:
- Facility capacity analysis
- Past enrollment assessment
- Review of enrollment projections from Portland State University Population Research Center
- Land use study
- Springboard proposal development
- Visual and reporting resources throughout the boundary review process
The NCSD Board of Directors approved new boundaries for elementary, middle, and high school attendance areas on June 28th, and NCSD is now prepared to meet the future needs of its student body and community. Read our announcement about the news.
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