I spent two hours at the meeting tonight with SPS staff and Lowell families who are trying desperately to understand what should be done about the massive overcrowding due at Lowell this fall. (The meeting was still in full swing when I left.)
There was a lot said and I will post a longer thread but I know many of you may need an outlet right now for your thoughts.
Briefly, the district is putting forth four options (but one is off the table for the district and one seems to be off the table for the majority of APP families at Lowell).
1) Stay at Lowell. Obviously, this can't happen as the safety and crowding issues cannot be resolved. (One parent asked why portables couldn't be put in. It was not answered but I can only say that portables create classrooms - not bathrooms, common areas or lunch areas.) Not on the table for the district.
2) Split off 4th and 5th grade APP to Lincoln. This is the option that seems to be off the table for every family that showed up to the meeting. There are too many unresolved issues and most of them poignantly brought up by children at the meeting. Not even for a year -I think it more than would be asked of any other children in the district.
3) Split off entire APP cohort from Lowell to Lincoln. People seem to want to keep the APP cohort together but this didn't seem to be popular.
4) Create a third APP school. Where and could it be done in time for September? Who knows?
There were at least 75 parents in attendance. There were numerous staff (Pegi McEvoy, Operations superintendent, led the meeting) including Bob Vaughn( who remained silent), Marni Campbell, Lesley Rodgers (Communications) and Nancy Coogan, Executive Director. Board members who attended were Harium Martin-Morris, Michael DeBell, Sherry Carr, Peter Maier and Kay Smith-Blum. Principal King was also in attendance.