New boundaries for Larrabee students to be discussed Thursday

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 7, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - Southside families will have a chance Thursday, Jan. 9, to ask questions and comment about proposed new boundaries that would determine which school the current Larrabee Elementary School students will attend next year.

Larrabee students will be split between Happy Valley and Lowell elementary schools starting in fall 2014, after Larrabee closes at the end of this school year. Happy Valley and Lowell students will remain at the same schools.

An attendance area committee will present the proposed boundaries at a forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Larrabee's gym, where members will take comments and answer questions.

The committee - comprising parents and staff from the three southside schools - considered walking routes, maintaining neighborhoods, balancing student numbers and socio-economics, and following natural boundaries such as roads when creating the new attendance areas.

According to the proposed boundaries, students who live in the neighborhood surrounding Larrabee - west of 21st Street and the area north of Chuckanut Drive's intersection with 12th Street - would attend Lowell Elementary School. Happy Valley's boundaries would expand south to include just about all of the Larrabee students who live south of Old Fairhaven Parkway and along Chuckanut Drive.

People can provide feedback at the meeting or fill out a survey online through Friday. The survey and map are available online at larrabee.bellinghamschools.org, under the link "Attendance Area Committee Survey."

The committee will meet again in mid-January to review feedback and will put together a recommendation for Superintendent Greg Baker by the end of the month. Baker will then make a decision about the final boundaries in February.

SEE THE MAP

Click here to see a map showing the proposed attendance boundaries for Happy Valley and Lowell elementary schools starting in fall 2014.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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