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School Boundary Discussion Set

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District will hold a "community listening session" on Thursday, Oct. 11 to gather public input regarding an upcoming redrawing of elementary school bo

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District will hold a "community listening session" on Thursday, Oct. 11 to gather public input regarding an upcoming redrawing of elementary school boundaries.

The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. in the Central High School cafteria.

Future sessions will be at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 25 at Central High, and at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Ash Creek Intermediate School.

Officials approved a realignment in May of the grade levels at local elementary schools and Talmadge Middle School. The changes will take effect in fall 2008.

Ash Creek, which currently serves 5th and 6th grades, and all elementary schools in Monmouth in Independence, will handle kindergarten through 5th grades.

Talmadge Middle School will serve grades 6 through 8. Workers will soon break ground on a $5 million, 19,200 square-foot addition on the south side of the middle school. The wing will accomodate sixth graders, and will contain 12 classrooms, a computer lab and office space.

The re-alignment was crafted to alleviate enrollment capacity problems at the elementary buildings. For example, Monmouth Elementary School had 540 students at one point last year; projected enrollment under the plan will be about 415.

Officials have said families at the edge of current elementary boundaries may have to send children to different schools in 2008, while some staff and teachers must be moved to Ash Creek to accomodate the extra grade.

For more information: 503-838-0030. Written comments may be submitted in writing by Oct. 22 to:

School Board,

Central School District 13J

1610 Monmouth St.

Independence OR 97351

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