On October 26th staff presented a proposal to the Board of Education to create a new boundary for Encinal Jr./Sr. High School. Currently the Encinal middle school program (Jr. Jets) enrolls students exclusively through an open enrollment process.
The disadvantages of this process are:
Some of our most underserved populations reside on the west end.
The process of open enrollment does not allow students to attend a district middle school closest to their residence.
Families that do not navigate the open enrollment process attend Wood MS which leads to transportation issues and attendance challenges. (Two buses are needed to get to Wood from some neighborhoods in the west end)
With the remodel of Encinal, there is space to allow for the middle school program to withstand a boundary change, with a guarantee of attendance to all students who live within the school zone. The remodel created a building for the middle school program with designated outdoor space for 6th - 8th grade students.
Tonight, staff seek the Board's approval to make this change to the boundary for Encinal Jr./Sr. High School. If approved, this boundary change will come into effect at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.