This article about one family's woes with the SPS assignment plan appeared in today's Times. Basically a family enrolling twin kindergartens found themselves with each girl assigned to a different school in the NE. The sibling assignment only works, as it was written by the Board some years back, when a sibling is already in the school (this is a problem for people who move here as well who are trying to get both kids into the same school). And, of course, the Enrollment office usually finds them a placement for both kids at the same school but, in this case, it's not the school the parents want. And, with the vagaries of how the waitlist goes, they had been on the waitlist at Viewridge but because they asked to get on the waitlist of the school one of the twins had been assigned to, that twin went to the end of the line at the new waitlist school.
The Board could rewrite the sibling preference amendment now. We'll have to see what they do.
However the interesting thing was that Director Martin Morris said that we won't have a new assignment plan until fall 2010.
"He pledged to try to fix the problem as the district revamps its assignment policy over the next few years. But changes won't be in place until fall 2010 at the earliest."
That's at the earliest.
I had thought this was a big deal to get done and, in light of the gas crisis AND parents' demands for a new system, I would think it would be.
(As an aside, I have been surprised to hear nary a peep from the district about the gas prices. I've been reading how districts across the country have been narrowing the distances that they will pick up students. Given that we spend far more on transportation than most districts, I'm surprised the district hasn't said this.)
I keep hearing NE parents voices being very unhappy with the crowding at the elementary schools but with the Mayor saying he didn't think much could be done in the short-term and the assignment plan not changing until at least fall 2010, I think they are stuck (unless the district moves another school out of a building or reopens Sandpoint Elementary which is currently leased).