This is an exciting time of elementary school facilities renovation and expansion in the Newton Public Schools. Because Newton's new schools will have expanded capacity to address enrollment growth and there are currently elementary schools that are overcrowded, a Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG), appointed by the Newton School Committee, has been examining elementary school boundary lines. Multiple scenarios are developed to explore the the possibilities to ease crowding while utilizing expanded capacity.
Phase 1 - completed during the 2014-15 school year, phase one sought to utilize expanded capacity at the Angier, Zervas, and Cabot Schools. Public hearings and presentations were conducted throughout the school year with a final recommendation made to the School Committee in June 2015. With approval, student assignments were put into effect the following school year. You can find out more about the process and the associated recommendations here.
Phase 2 - The second phase of student reassignment has just begun in the 2017-18 school year. The rationale for the timing is to adjust student assignment in advance of the completion of the new Cabot School and the planned move of the Horace Mann School to the Carr building (which has been used as "swing" space during the Angier, Zervas, and Cabot School building projects.) This phase of student assignment policy review will address continued crowding at surrounding schools, including Ward, Mason-Rice, Underwood, Peirce, Horace Mann, and Lincoln-Eliot.
If you have thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact the Student Assignment Working Group at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email us to be placed on the distribution list to receive regular updates on the process.