From the article:
"Schmitz Park will add a third kindergarten class and Lafayette will add a third class at the kindergarten and first grade levels.
According to Seattle School District spokesperson David Tucker, enrollment needs have increased this year, forcing the district to provide more seats in West Seattle schools.
Parents at both schools are concerned that the schools will not have enough space or administrative resources for the added classrooms.
"I was surprised like everyone else,” said Geoff Patterson, a parent with two children at Lafayette Elementary. “It struck me as odd that one of the biggest elementary would be getting two more classrooms."
There was also concern over movement (within the building) of Lafayette's autism program.The students from Cooper's program had to go somewhere. Some may be staying at Cooper in Pathfinder's program but obviously, many are leaving. I believe there was room at West Seattle Elementary but it isn't a popular program so many must have chosen Lafayette and Schmitz Park. Lafayette parent, Geoff Patterson, might think it odd to put more kids in an already large program but I don't find it surprising. The district tends to think that successful programs can continue to do well even with more students and the same resources (see Eckstein, Garfield, Roosevelt). Apparently, Lafayette may only have a half-time librarian by spring because of budget cuts.