State law sets strict standards for the creation of new school districts. According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, new school districts can only be made of two or more whole school districts, parts of two or more districts, or territory that isn’t part of any district. So Battle Ground, for example, can’t be officially divided into its north and south schools as two new districts.
“The statute does not allow for the formation of a new district that is comprised solely of territory that currently lies within a single district,” said Dierk Meierbachtol, chief legal officer for OSPI.
So unless state law changes — and legislators haven’t shown any interest in changing the 1999 law — Battle Ground Public Schools will remain intact.
Battle Ground Public Schools once was multiple small districts. According to the district website, two single-school districts, Maple Grove and Dublin, consolidated into the Battle Ground school district about a century ago. Since then, the district has absorbed 54 smaller districts, most recently Yacolt in 1975. The consolidation has resulted in a 273-square-mile district that covers about a quarter of the county, with 18 schools spread across the area.