Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith has backed off plans to redraw the attendance boundaries around Sabin K-8 School and Alameda Elementary School in Northeast Portland, bowing to intense pressure from parents who said they were concerned the process to boost attendance at Sabin was too fast.

That means there will be no changes to those schools' neighborhood attendance zones for the 2011-12 school year. However, to help ease overcrowding at Alameda and support Sabin's growth, PPS will give Alameda students who want to go to Sabin guaranteed placement at the smaller school next year.

The under-enrolled middle grades will stay at Sabin for the time being. And PPS will formalize a new process for changing school boundaries, Smith says.

Several weeks ago, Willamette Week called out those Alameda parents who worried aloud that the proposed boundary changes would depress their property values.