Elementary School Reconfiguration
(Listed in chronological order starting with most recent)
School Board approves Elementary School Names
The Woodland Public Schools Board of Directors approved new names for Woodland Primary School and Woodland Intermediate School during their regular board meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019.
Beginning with the new school year in fall 2019, Woodland Primary School will be renamed Columbia Elementary School and Woodland Intermediate School will be renamed North Fork Elementary School. Yale Elementary School remains unchanged.
The Board of Directors thanked all those who participated in the Name Your Schools Campaign for helping to develop and choose the new names of the reconfigured schools.
Reconfiguration Information Night Summary
Community members attended the Woodland Public Schools' Reconfiguration Night on Thursday, January 31. Superintendent Michael Green presented the current status of the district's elementary reconfiguration ( click here to download a PDF of the slides used in the presentation).
Following the presentation, the district's administration team facilitated small group discussions so parents, guardians, and other Woodland community members could offer insight into the reconfiguration process. Groups discussed potential challenges, impacts and offered possible solutions.
The reconfiguration team will review the feedback and use suggestions to help with continued planning of the elementary school reconfiguration, new district start times, new transportation model and other changes coming to Woodland Public Schools in the 2019-2020 school year.
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Reconfiguration Information Night on January 31
Want to learn more about reconfiguration or the district’s new school start times for 2019-2020?
Come to the Reconfiguration Information Night on Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. at Woodland High School.
The district’s administration team will provide the information you need to learn how the new changes will affect Woodland Public Schools in the next school year.
The Board of Directors approves boundary plan for reconfigured elementary schools in 2019-2020
Woodland Primary and Woodland Intermediate Schools will be reconfigured to join Yale Elementary in serving grades K-4 beginning with the 2019-2020 school year and all three schools will have attendance area boundaries.
Reconfiguration boundary plan
In order to develop the optimal boundary plan for the new neighborhood schools, the district reached out to parents and guardians of current students attending WPS and WIS for insights into the community’s most-desired priorities for reconfiguration.
Parents and guardians provided feedback, ranking three issues as the most important when creating the reconfigured elementary school boundaries:
- Similar Student Populations
- Childcare Concerns
- After-School Activities
The district’s reconfiguration planning committee used the community feedback to create eight boundary proposals for the Board of Directors to review and consider. Each proposal was designed with consideration to geographic limitations, neighborhood communities, current capacity of each building, transportation routes, and the likelihood of future growth in the attendance areas. “The planning team developed options taking the top three priorities into consideration without creating awkward boundary lines that might divide neighborhoods or otherwise substantially inconvenience parents or students,” explained Superintendent Michael Green.
On Monday, December 17, 2018, the school board approved a school boundary plan that will address these many considerations and will provide substantially reduced school bus transportation times for many students. Spending less time on buses helps students and families accommodate childcare needs and after-school activities and reduces stress for students.
Will my student have to walk to school?
The Washington Administrative Code (392.141-340) defines a one-mile radius as the distance within which students are expected to walk to school.
The language referring to a one-mile radius clarifies that if the distance of a student's home is less than a mile from the school and the district transports the student, the cost of transportation is not funded. However, this does not mean districts automatically choose to have all students within a one-mile radius walk to school.
Many variables influence whether Woodland Public Schools can or should transport within a particular distance. With this in mind, KWRL staff have accommodated transportation wherever possible even without funding, depending on each individual student's circumstance.
If parents have specific concerns regarding their child's transportation situation, please mail our staff at Woodland Public School's transportation cooperative, KWRL at firstname.lastname@example.org