In her recap on the Community Meeting Melissa wrote:
He mentioned dropping the enrollment slightly (I think by something like 20 kids) from this year as they overenrolled last year. (This is true; we have 1700 kids in a 1600 seat school, lockers are not available to all who want them and they just can't keep squeezing kids in.)
I teach at Rainier Beach where we are seriously under enrolled. We could use those 100 extra students that Roosevelt has, that Ballard has and that Garfield has. If the district would show some leadership and cap the big schools, then the smaller schools that struggle to have a wide variety of classes would have more students, could hire more teachers and have a much broader and richer course offering. We are being starved to death. We will barely be a comprehensive high school next year. We offer very few electives (for example in math, which I teach, the only electives we have are MESA, Pre Calculus and AP Calculus and very few students get this far) and have very few art or music courses. It is a crime that this is happening to these students. We have a committed, hard working faculty and students that want to learn and do learn.
I saw a report not too long ago that shows that RB does that best job in the district in bringing up students who are low 1's on the WASL and seriously below grade level when they enter high school to grade level and having a chance to pass the WASL. For those of you who think RB is all about football, basketball and track, this is evidence that students who come to RB learn. All we want to do is provide a richer and deeper experience to these students and to do that we need more teachers and the only way we are going to get more teachers is to have more students. Please don't over enroll Roosevelt, Garfield and Ballard. It is making it very difficult for us at Rainier Beach.