BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Starting next school year, the Beaverton School District will have new school boundaries.
On Monday night, the school board voted unanimously to approve the new boundaries which were a year in the making. The process included several meetings, gathering of public feedback and adjustments.
The changes were in part designed to help reduce over-crowding at Westview High School and help populate the district's new high school that’s under construction in the South Cooper Mountain area.
Approval of the new boundaries hit a lot of parents hard, many afraid the changes will tear up communities.
“You can literally walk across the street and students we've carpooled with and played sports with for years will now continue to the high school we used to be zoned to,” said parent, Tina Swenson.
District Superintendent Don Grotting said he hoped the changes would lead to greater good across the district.
“I think for some of our students they'll be excited to go to new schools, make new friends, experience new cultures,” Groting said. “I think the overall collective impact on the district is going to be great.”
Depending on where they live, incoming sophomores may be forced to switch to a new high school next year. Incoming juniors and seniors will be allowed to finish high school where they started. The district will also make boundary exceptions to keep siblings at the same school.