Listening to speaker after speaker talk about the Indian Heritage Middle College program, I thought, "Well, add them to the list that includes Special Ed, Nova, and World School." What do these programs have in common? They get moved around as though they were furniture. Each and every one of them deserves a permanent home.
I spoke to Sarah Kelly, one of the speakers, and asked her about someone in their community doing a guest post about the history of their program. (I was surprised to learn that Pathfinder K-8 used to be a feeder school for the program.) One thing I told her was that once we had a history - one that is written by those who know it - it would be here for a long time. The district may purge some history from its website but at least here it would have a home.
I'm hoping I will get that guest post within a couple of weeks.
Also, there is an issue over the feeder patterns in West Seattle from middle to high school. Apparently, some students would like (and appear to have been promised) that they could choose would high school would better work for them for music. The appearance seems to be that Sealth has the stronger music program than West Seattle High School.
Someone from that region should let us know the full story and, if students could choose, would it skew too much in one direction. (And why would the district have made this promise.)
Lastly, an oddity that, lined up in a row, makes me suspicious.
I have had some communications with parents at Sacajawea and Green Lake on the issue of dropping enrollment. Sacajawea lost a Special Ed program and Green Lake has had kids moved away to McDonald and now B.F. Day.
Guess who had this complaint at the meeting last night? Laurelhurst. The boundaries have severely impacted their school to the point where they have just 44 kindergarteners (and this includes out of boundary sibs). That's barely enough for two classrooms where they used to have three full classrooms.
So, we are overcrowded in places like Bryant and View Ridge and JSIS and McDonald and yet, we have school losing enrollment (and funding)? How is that and why doesn't the district course-correct now so that they have a better idea of the room they need under BEX IV? Why have some schools uber-crowded while others in the area are losing students?
I am now mighty suspicious about this "need" for another elementary at both Thorton Creek and Wilson Pacific.
And why those three schools? Well, one thought is that they are all three in lousy buildings. They are buildings that are likely high-cost maintenance AND don't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting any BEX attention for a couple of cycles.
It's hard to know what to think but something is not right. Is this the case at any schools in the SE or West Seattle?