PPS hiring firm to help redraw boundaries

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Public Schools leaders are about to start re-drawing school boundaries to balance enrollments.

The district wants to have the new boundary lines in place for the 2020-2021 school year. The school board decided Tuesday night to call in professional help for the first time. 

They approved an almost $300,000 contract with a firm called Flo Analytics, which has offices in Portland and Seattle.

The company helped PPS analyze geographic data and use mapping technology that also examines emergency routes.

Flo Analytics has done the same type of work in other districts, including Washougal, North Clackamas and Salem-Keizer — the second-largest district in Oregon. 

“When it comes to projecting population growth with certainty, we wanted to bring in outside experts with experience in anticipating growth,” Lillian Govus with the Salem-Keizer School District said. 

Officials with PPS weren’t available to speak on camera Wednesday, but said, “Because of the complex nature of this district-wide project, we sought outside assistance.”

PPS moved middle school students around this year when it reopened two schools but the next round of redistricting will affect all 46,000 students. 

Flo Analytics will not replace public input, according to the district. 

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