Original petition left out required territory Parents to revisit district-switch effort
October 2, 2008 · Updated 5:58 PM
Petitioners trying to leave the Snoqualmie Valley School District faced a setback last week when their request was thrown out on a technicality, but they plan to revise and re-file their petition next month.
A majority of registered voters in the Broadhurst community in Redmond petitioned this summer for their neighborhood to leave the Snoqualmie district and join Lake Washington.
The request, as filed, left out several neighboring parcels that should have been included to make the petitioning territory contiguous with Lake Washingtons boundaries. That connection is a requirement for district boundary changes. Neighbors plan to gather signatures for a slightly revised petition that will include the parcels during the next couple of weeks, said Blythe Manson, a Broadhurst mother who filed the original version.
Broadhurst includes more than 100 homes whose property taxes help fund Valley schools, a factor that will be taken into account as the two school districts examine the petition.
Manson said the boundary switch would benefit the neighborhoods children by shortening their school commutes and improving their access to extracurricular activities.
Petitioners say that Broadhurst children travel up to an hour and a half on the bus each day, a commute that not only takes up a lot of time, but also puts them in danger as they travel on two-