The Seattle School District held a parent/community meeting at the temporary Olympic Hills Elementary School site this past February. The Cedar Park School site will host O.H.E for one more year as boundaries for future enrollment at the two schools was discussed.
At odds, was the existing boundaries set for the 2017-18 school year. With the Fall 2017 opening for the new Olympic Hills Elementary (still in construction phase) left with a proposed smaller enrollment at the new, under capacity large O.H.E. site; Cedar Park Elementary, although freshly remodeled, enrollment numbers, as originally proposed, would create ‘full to the gills’ classrooms at the remodeled Cedar Park School site and an obvious ‘scream’ for adjustment.
With teachers, parents and administrators all in attendance, the call for parent/community input by those in attendance was encouraged. Although it was refreshing to see the School District respond to the challenging inequity, there did seem to be some level of frustration in the audience over the reality on the ground. Students also spoke up on the matter, as well.
With families in need always reacting to the need for service and support, one more form may have seemed as an additional step with a possibly unknown consequence. It was good to see full engagement at work. Teachers and staff spoke up to obvious inequity while SSD was firm in their intentions to gather intake and fix the future inequity in numbers. Time will tell.