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As more people move to the community of Battle Ground, the schools continue to stretch and bulge with growth. The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors has proposed boundary changes for the primary and middle schools and is looking for input from the community.

The proposed changes are currently available online on the district website and there are three upcoming opportunities to attend an open forum to get information and ask questions. The first forum will take place on Wednesday, December 5th at Laurin Middle School (13601 NE 97th Ave.) at 6:00 PM. Next will be Wednesday, December 12th at Maple Grove (610 SW Eaton Blvd.) at 6:00 PM. The final forum will take place on Wednesday, January 9th, at Daybreak (1900 NW 20th Ave.).

At each forum, district administrators will be discussing the options and answering any questions the community may have. An online survey will also be available for families and community members to provide feedback on between December 5th and January 9th.

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Currently, there are three options the board is considering as suggested by the district Overcrowding Committee which is made up of 29 parents, community members, and staff. This committee has met several times over the past six weeks evaluating data and touring the schools. All suggestions will involve a boundary exception.

While the school board has already been taking steps to address the overcrowding such as not allowing boundary exceptions at overcrowded schools, adding portables, and putting a bond measure to build bigger schools (the measure did not pass) so other options are needed. With the communities help, Battle Ground schools hope for the best solution and outcome for all.

For more information, visit Battle Ground Public Schools online.