Parents weigh in on school boundary change

Holding up a photo of his 9-year-old son Griffin, Snoqualmie Ridge parent Tom Armour let the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors know how a proposed boundary change could impact a child.

"He was the first child on Snoqualmie Ridge," said Armour, who, when buying a new home on the Ridge, choose one within walking distance of Cascade View Elementary School, prior to its being built.

"What he knows is he waited for that school to be built," said Armour. "His friends are there, he's always expected to go there. There are a tremendous amount of kids that have spent a lot of time in this neighborhood, just like my son. I'd really like to see him maintain the bonds that he's developing at Cascade View."

Last Thursday's public hearing allowed Armour and other residents from several Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhoods to air their concerns about growth, property values and the impact of a boundary decision that would send children from Cascade View Elementary to Snoqualmie Elementary downtown.

A final decision is expected this Thursday, April 26, during a special school board meeting, to be held at Snoqualmie Middle School at 7 p.m.

While residents of Ironwood decried the fact that their neighborhood was included in all three final options, most speakers supported option D, which moved the lowest number of students, 144, from Ironwood and Abbey Road neighborhoods.

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