School Boundary Zone Changes

Redistricting Recommendations by the Board

The Corvallis School District will undergo a major redistricting in 2020. On March 3, the Corvallis Boundary Review Task Force provided a final recommendation for redrawing district boundaries and revised transfer policy. Effective the 2020 – 2021 school year, this recommendation would help guide the district in allocating the $200 million school bond passed in 2018.

Their recommendations were made based on statistics and models provided by the district, as well as a survey of 338 parents, and the task force received public comment throughout the process. The initial recommendation was given to Superintendent Rob Noss, who provided additional recommendations on implementing the new boundaries. The task force’s goal was to address an enrollment imbalance between the district’s middle and high schools.

Linus Pauling Middle School currently has an enrollment of 804 students, while Cheldelin Middle School has 616. This enrollment gap is expected to continue to grow. Under the proposed changes, LPMS would have an enrollment of 750 and CMS would have an enrollment of 700.

The original proposal would have drawn new lines and turned Jefferson Elementary into a feeder school for both middle schools, but after parent feedback, Noss’ proposal will designate Jefferson Elementary as a feeder school for Cheldelin. Students currently enrolled at Linus Pauling would be able to continue to Corvallis High School.

Transfer policy updates
In addition to redrawing boundaries, the proposal recommends making changes to the district’s transfer policy. Students currently enrolled at Jefferson who are impacted by the changes would be given priority for transfers to Hoover Elementary. The policy would prioritize transfers for siblings where space is limited. The task force also recommended offering students incentives to transfer to Cheldelin in order to correct the imbalance.

The board is expected to vote on the final implementation on April 9, and will be receiving public feedback until then.

By Kevin Davenport-Rackham