The Superintendent has announced that district staff will use five guidelines when making school closure recommendations:
Geographic Need - do we need seats in this area?
Building Condition - what does it cost to maintain this building?
Cost per Pupil - what are non-instructional costs (including admin) on a per-student basis?
Proximity - are there other schools nearby that serve the same grades?
Academic Performance - has the school made AYP?
How would your child's school fair by these guidelines? I can think of good schools that might not look so good by these measures - Montlake and NOVA, for example. Meany would be at risk because all of the Central Region middle school students could fit easily into Washington if APP were not there - and there are rumors of changes in APP.
How does Rainier Beach or the AAA measure up if judged by these criteria? What about Thurgood Marshall or the various programs at Wilson-Pacific? What elementary in West Seattle would shake to the bottom on this scale?
Think of how Leschi is saved by the condition of its building and how building condition makes Pathfinder a candidate for relocation. Cost of maintenance counts twice, once in building condition and again in cost per pupil, so it is clearly the focus of the effort.
Do these guidelines give you any hint of what's to come? And, after the recommendations are announced on the 25th, consider how well they match these guidelines.