April 10 is deadline for school boundary comments

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hawaii Department of Education
Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area
News Release

DOE announces boundary adjustments for Aiea-Moanalua-Radford complex

HONOLULU — A Department of Education team conducted a study to make sense of school attendance boundary areas, recently.

The team consisted of the complex area superintendent, the assistant superintendent for the Office of School Facilities and Support Services, the director of the Facilities Development Branch, a school renewal specialist and a support specialist from Information Management.

The purpose of the study was to make sense of school attendance boundary areas in light of the school complex area’s focus:

  • For schools to become part of a K-12, seamless high-performing complex (with foundation learning, stretch learning, learner engagement and personal skills development); and
  • For the state’s focus on its vision of a high school graduate.

This study examined current school attendance boundaries as related to school enrollment numbers, school capacity numbers, complex feeder patterns (moving from elementary to middle to high school levels in the same complex), proximity, transportation time and predictability of school enrollment year to year.

Feedback from community stakeholders (school principals, parents/students and military commands) was a valuable, vital part of the process. Community meetings were held at Moanalua High School on Feb. 10, 2011, and at Radford H.S. on Feb. 16, 2011, to provide information regarding the boundary study, and to give the community an opportunity to provide feedback and input. 

All comments and suggestions were considered in the final decision while maintaining the focus on students and their learning over time.

To ease the transition for families to the adjusted boundaries, the DOE will allow the following:

  • Students currently enrolled have the option to be grandfathered in for their years at that school or to attend the new “home” school.
  • Students currently registered at their next higher-level school will have the choice to be grandfathered for their years at that school (that is, 6th graders registered for middle school, 8th graders registered for high school) or to attend their new “home” school.
  • Students enrolling in kindergarten and DOE pre-K special programs, who register by April 1, 2011, will have the choice to be grandfathered in for their years at that school or to enroll at their new “home” school.

Bus transportation services will overlap for two to three years during the transition.

Students and younger siblings not yet enrolled in kindergarten have the choice to be grandfathered into their current feeder pattern (moving from elementary to middle to high) for five years, or to attend their new “home” school when they move from elementary to middle or from middle to high.

Options

If a parent elects to continue the current feeder pattern after school year 2010-2011, an Army or Navy housing lease agreement, showing that the family has resided at the same address and military housing area since SY 2010-2011 is required for registration. 

If a parent elects to register a younger sibling whose older brother or sister is grandfathered in the current feeder pattern, an Army or Navy housing lease agreement, showing that the family has resided at the same address and military housing area since SY 2010-2011, is required for registration. Or, a report card of the older brother or sister is required for registration, to show that children attended the school in the feeder pattern during SY 2010-2011.   

Important distinction

The grandfather clausewill not apply to families who move to a new housing area. Students will be required to attend the home school that is zoned for their new address.

Be aware, however, that if enrollment numbers change drastically at a particular school, further adjustments may occur, if necessary, as adjustments would in any school boundary area. The intent for these adjustments is to avoid future adjustments to the extent possible.

Also, boundary adjustments are effective for families moving into the area and registering for SY 2011-2012.

Effective date

Changes are effective for new students registering for school year 2011-2012.

Appeal process

The public has 20 days from the date of this notice (released March 21), which is April 10, to appeal this decision, in writing. Mail appeals to State Superintendent Kathryn S. Matayoshi, P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804.

School Boundary Changes

Neighborhood Area

Present

Proposed

Skyview

 

Makalapa (approx 90 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Pearl Harbor (approx 90 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Bougainville Nimitz  (approx 162 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Makalapa  (approx 162 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Rim Loop Mokulele  (approx 73 students)

Aliamanu Middle (approx 20 students)

Radford High  (approx 40 students)

Red Hill (approx 73 students)

Moanalua Middle (approx 20 students)

Moanalua High (approx 40 students)

Caitlin Pearl Harbor Kai (approx 142 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Nimitz  (approx 142 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Ama Pearl Harbor Kai  (approx 95 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Pearl Harbor  (approx 95 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Ford Island Pearl Harbor  (approx 214 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Pearl Harbor Kai  (approx 214 students)

Aliamanu Middle

Radford High

Radford Terrace Aliamanu Elem  (approx 263 students)

Moanalua Middle

Moanalua High

Shafter  Elem(approx 263 students)

Moanalua Middle

Moanalua High

Halsey Terrace Aliamanu Elem

Moanalua Middle  (approx 58 students)

Moanalua High (approx 82 students)

Aliamanu Elem

Aliamanu Middle  (approx 58 students)

Radford High (approx 82 students)

Hibiscus Lane /Lp (students who currently attend Webling) Webling  Elem (approx 100 students)

Moanalua Middle

Moanalua High

Red Hill Elem (approx 100 students)

Moanalua Middle

Moanalua High

 

School boundary changes impact AMR community

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii School Liaison Office
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Department of Education notice on school boundary changes affects parents of schoolchildren who live in Aliamanu Military Reservation, or AMR, and nearby Navy housing communities.

The new school boundary changes will affect the following AMR neighborhoods:

  • Skyview, from Makalapa Elementary to Pearl Harbor Elementary.
  • Bougainville, from Nimitz Elementary to Makalapa Elementary.
  • Rim Loop, from Mokulele Elementary to Red Hill Elementary, Aliamanu Middle to Moanalua Middle, and Radford High to Moanalua High.
  • Ama, from Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary to Pearl Harbor Elementary.
  • Hibiscus Lane/Loop, from Webling Elementary to Red Hill Elementary.

School bus transportation will be available to students who reside outside a one-mile radius (for elementary students) or 1.5-mile radius (for middle and high school students) from their school.

The current fee for bus transportation is 75 cents, one-way; $60, per quarter; or $225, per year.

Parents should call the Army School Liaison Office at 655-9818 for questions concerning Army families who reside on Navy housing communities.

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