This is going to be yet another rant of mine about program placement. I know that I go on about this, but it continues to be a sore point for me. I imagine that some folks must be really tired of reading about this topic, so I will put everything after the jump.
One of the primary directives for program placement is to place the programs close to where the students live. That's written into the policy, Policy 2200, Equitable Access to Programs & Services.
The choice of Olympic Hills-Jane Addams Middle School as the APP pathway for the northeast makes no sense at all when you consider where the students live. The District has shown us where they live. See slide #44 of the April presentation on Equitable Access Framework and you will see that the bulk of APP students in the northeast live south of 65th. They live in the extreme south end of the zone with the center of the heat map in the Sand Point attendance area. Olympic Hills is north of 130th, in the extreme north end of the zone. This is a terrible program placement.
The choice of Jane Addams for middle school is equally dreadful. APP students will be riding on a bus past Eckstein (early in their trip) on their way to Jane Addams.
Some might say that northeast elementary APP has to go into Olympic Hills because that's the only school building that will have space for them. That argument, however, is false. Olympic Hills doesn't have room for them. It will only have room for them because the District is spending tens of millions of dollars to make room for them there. That same capital investment made at another school - say Sand Point or Decatur - would make room for the APP students in that alternative building.
The program placement that complies with policy would be to put northeast elementary APP at Sand Point, along with the capital investment that would have otherwise gone to Olympic Hills, and to put northeast middle school APP at Eckstein, along with these feeder schools: Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Bryant, and View Ridge. Then all of the other elementary schools in the northeast would feed to Jane Addams.
No only does this program placement comply with the policy, but it avoids trouble down the road.
What if the District decides to change the delivery model for APP so that the service is delivered in every school - never mind the pros and cons of that plan for now, just consider what if they do it - then, all of a sudden, all of those students will come out of Olympic Hills and back to their attendance area schools - overcrowding them - and they will come out of Jane Addams and back to Eckstein - overcrowding it. With a policy compliant program placement, the delivery model can be changed and the children will still have space when they return to their attendance area school.