John Marshall Alternative School will remain open for the 2007/2008 school year.
Last year during the school closure and consolidation process, Carla Santorno promised that a review of programs at John Marshall would be completed no later than December 2006 and that she was hiring a consultant to perform the work.
Today's Seattle Times article, Seattle district delays closing alternative school for a year, tells a different story. "The district's chief academic officer, Carla Santorno, said the postponement gives the district time to complete a comprehensive review of programs for students who are at risk of dropping out. John Marshall enrolls about 185 students in grades 6-12."
And today's PI article, A year's reprieve for John Marshall Alternative School, adds additional details. "Already, district officials plan to move two programs: The GRAD program for teens who are pregnant or parents will move to South Lake Alternative High School, and the evening school will be moved to an as-yet-unnamed traditional high school, Santorno said. The alternative middle school will be discontinued, and the handful of students enrolled eventually will be dispersed to other middle schools. The other programs at Marshall aren't in any danger of closing, Santorno said, but there are also no guarantees they'll move together to a new location."
The lack of plans for the students at John Marshall has concerned me through the school closure and consolidation process, so I'm glad the closure is being postponed. However, it bothers me that the review of programs was not completed as promised by the end of 2006. I'm also concerned about some of the problems identified in an earlier Seattle Times report continuing unchanged for another year.
For more information on John Marshall Alternative School and its treatment during the school closure and consolidation process see: