Boundary Review

The Boundary Review Committee was commissioned by the Puyallup School Board following the passage the November 2015 Bond.  This committee is tasked with providing a recommendation to the Board by November 2018 regarding school boundary adjustments needed at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels, including a new school boundary for Dessie F. Evans Elementary which will open for the 2019-20 school year.

The committee began monthly meetings in September 2016 and has worked diligently since to prepare the boundary plan proposals for public review and comment.  The Boundary Review Information and Feedback meetings are seen as a critical step to engage the community in the boundary planning process.  All comments will be considered by the committee prior to its boundary plan recommendation this fall. 
Thank you for your interest and involvement in this process.     See the Frequently Asked Questions      Learn more about thoughtexchange

Boundary Review Committee Timeline:

April 2016: Boundary Review Committee commissioned by Puyallup School Board 
September 2016 - March 2018:  
Committee work with update reports to the Board
 April – May 2018:   Boundary Review Information and Feedback Meetings
 September 28, 2018:  Board study session to review boundary plan proposal
 November 5, 2018:   Boundary Review Committee recommendation presented to Board
 September 2019:   Board – adopted boundary changes implemented


Engaging parents in conversation:

thought clouds

launches new communications tool

The district has set a goal to provide a method for parents and community members to provide feedback in order to gauge satisfaction with specific educational programs and initiatives taking place in Puyallup schools.

With customer satisfaction in mind, the district has launched a communications tool called ThoughtExchange. The tool allows them to share thoughts confidentially to ensure all voices are heard and all divergent views can come to light around a shared topic of interest or concern.

ThoughtExchange is not a survey tool; rather, it engages interaction as people respond anonymously with other participants.

Information learned through ThoughtExchange will be used to gauge parent and community participation and understanding in interactions with school staff and administrators. It will provide feedback on satisfaction with the direction of the Puyallup School District.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Puyallup School District considering school boundary changes?
The district passed a Capital Construction Bond Program during the November 3, 2015 general election with a 69% approval ... more

Will boundary changes only impact elementary schools?
No.  The school board has commissioned the Boundary Review Committee (BRC) to evaluate each attendance area at the ... more

When would boundary changes be implemented?
Changes would go into effect starting in the 2019-20 school year. The BRC is scheduled to provide a final recommendation ... more

Will the public have a chance to review proposed changes to prior to consideration for adoption by the School Board?
Yes.  The district will present any proposed changes to school attendance areas for public review and comment prior to ... more

What criteria will the BRC use in its consideration of future boundary changes?
The BRC will seek to provide equity throughout the district in regard to socioeconomic status and ethnicity, balance ... more

How do I obtain an Intra-District Transfer? 
The opportunity for families to choose the school most appropriate for their student(s) is a priority of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors. As a result ... more

Has the Boundary Review Committee considered the planned changes to Highly Capable Programs such as QUEST and PAGE?
Yes.  The Board of Directors approved a plan to expand the QUEST and PAGE programs at the March 19, 2018 school board ... more

Will portable classrooms be needed once the new elementary bond projects are completed?
The 2015 bond program was designed to reduce, but not eliminate, the need for portable classrooms at the elementary level. ... more

How are impacts from new housing construction included in the work of the Boundary Review Committee?
Puyallup School District staff works with local municipal and county jurisdictions to track residential new construction throughout ... more