Pool Development and Boundary Study Updates

Posted by Lora de la Cruz on 10/11/2019

This fall season in Lake Oswego School District is filled with many exciting endeavors and opportunities. From academics and innovation to community partnerships and engagement, LOSD is in the midst of promising continuous improvement. As such, I am sharing two updates with you regarding our work in exploring options to best serve our community.

Pool development update: LOSD Executive Director of Project Management Tony Vandenberg and Parks and Recreation Director Ivan Anderholm have been working closely with each other and pool design firm Opsis. Additionally, a working group with members from LOSD, City of Lake Oswego, and Parks and Recreation came together this week to discuss early designs and projections. The purpose of this small team is to work through preliminary ideas to support and shape recommendations. Community outreach sessions for public engagement will be scheduled soon to share conceptual plans and gather input. LOSD is hopeful about building a partnership with the City of Lake Oswego and Parks and Recreation to serve our community.

Boundary study: We are embarking on a community engagement process of studying our elementary school boundaries to determine optimal school capacity and use of LOSD facilities. In June 2019, the school board received recommendations from the Elementary Task Force to address capacity issues in the elementary schools. One of the recommendations included realigning school boundaries. We have contracted with FLO Analytics to work with the district in a re-boundary community engagement process. LOSD Policy JC is the LOSD School Attendance Area policy, which provides guiding language: "Attendance area boundaries may be changed as population distribution warrants or as capacities of buildings require adjustment of student numbers." The district last undertook boundary reviews in the school years 2011-2012, 1996-1997, and 1989-1990.

 

In the spirit of ongoing, transparent communication with our community, we will be sharing information throughout the process. In the coming weeks, please look forward to a survey asking for input that will inform re-boundary decisions, as well as a request for applications to participate in the superintendent's boundary review committee that will begin meeting in January 2020.