The Coeur d’Alene School District must decide how to split up attendance among three middle schools.
District officials want the public to help them decide whether population growth or limiting a school to less than 750 students should drive new attendance boundaries.
The public will have its chance to comment tonight at a 7 p.m. public meeting in the Coeur d’Alene High School auditorium.
Canfield Middle School has 1,030 students and Lakes Middle School has 993. Both exceed capacity and require portable classrooms. If growth projections are correct, the district will have approximately 2,063 middle school students to divide among three schools next fall. A new middle school is under construction off Kathleen Avenue.
Under one option, the new school could be held to 87 percent of capacity - 655 students - to allow for growth in the northwest quadrant of the district. That would leave Canfield with 588 students, with room for growth. Lakes Middle School would house 820 students - 95 percent of its capacity. None of the schools would need portable rooms.
The second option would limit the Lakes population at 750, increase the new middle school population to 663 and give Canfield about 650 students. This scenario is based on a long-range planning committee’s recommendation that limiting population to 750 improves instruction and school climate. But it would mean leaving two portable classrooms at Canfield.
The committee hopes to prepare a recommendation to submit to the school board Oct. 28. The recommendation will be based on input from tonight’s meeting, as well as school capacity, transportation costs and walking distance. Comments also may be sent to any school or the central office. Address correspondence to the middle school boundary committee.
The district is also taking recommendations for names or mascots for the new middle school. District policy allows historic or geographic names. Names honoring an individual, family, group or organization also will be considered if the honoree is dead or has not been employed by the district in the last five years.