Apparently when no one was looking the District announced program placement decisions for the coming school year. The document is dated 3/17/2011, one day after the last Board meeting.
Nice start on the transparency effort.
Every single proposal that came from staff was approved. The staff must have all of the good ideas because all ten of the program placement proposals submitted by members of the public were rejected. Among them:
Relocate elementary Spectrum for the Washington Service Area from John Muir to Madrona K‐8; could also provide additional Spectrum capacity for grades 6‐8. Rejected because an ALO is being added at Madrona, which will increase access to advanced learning programs rather than just shifting services from one school to another. This same proposal was rejected last year for a different rationale, that the program should be located close to the students' homes. So the rationale changes from year to year.
Change Van Asselt from a K‐5 school to a K‐8 school. Rejected there is not excess capacity in the building sufficient to support such a change. Let's remember that Van Asselt is now located in the former AAA.
Locate a language immersion program at Sand Point. Locate a language immersion program at Wing Luke. Rejected because the Board has been clear that the current focus is on completing the three designated K‐12 pathways. Review of feeder patterns and service areas would be required. The Board, apparently, has been clear that they don't want students in the Eckstein or Aki Kurose service areas to have access to language immersion programs.
Change language immersion programs from attendance area schools to option schools. Change Montessori programs from attendance area schools to option schools. Rejected because it would require extensive boundary changes as well as review of feeder patterns and service areas. The District simply isn't interested in doing that much work just for the sake of equitable access to programs and services.
A new autism inclusion program at Schmitz Park Elementary. Rejected because capacity not needed in this area.
Some of the proposals were not outright rejected, they just weren't approved. It's a distinction without a difference.
Relocate elementary APP for north end students to a north end location and close a Washington Service Area school. The superintendent says that she will consider this in conjunction with capacity management work.
Other proposals that will be considered in conjunction with capacity management work are:
1. Place an attendance area middle school at Wilson‐Pacific
2. Reopen Fairmount Park with a language immersion program
3. Duplicate Thornton Creek at Rainier View, Roxhill, or Van Asselt
4. Duplicate TOPS at Rainier View, Viewlands, Roxhill, or Van Asselt