When asked which of four criteria should be most important in determining a new temporary boundary between Rosa Parks and Wilder Elementary Schools, parents ranked maintaining neighborhoods as most important. Over 50%, in fact, rated the item, “Maintain neighborhoods to the extent possible,” as “completely important” while 28 percent rated it as “somewhat important.”
Parents rated two other items, “Minimize transportation impacts” and “Minimize the number of students and families affected” similarly. Just over 39 percent called each of these items “completely important.” More parents rated the transportation item “somewhat important” (30%) than the item on the number of students and families affected (26%).
Parents rated the item on using natural boundaries to the extent possible the least important of the four criteria.
There were 556 total responses to the survey, including 425 parents with students at Rosa Parks Elementary and 127 parents with students at Wilder Elementary.
Parents also offered other comments on criteria the committee should consider in making its recommendation for temporary boundaries. In compiling similar comments, remarks about proximity to the school were most often mentioned, by 21 parents. Eighteen parents cited keeping families together while another 18 wanted to make sure the capacity at Wilder is not overloaded. Fifteen parents asked for grandfathering for older students.
See the criteria survey results.