The fault lies entirely on the seemingly touchy shoulders of the legislature.
Loyal Heights Elementary is having a rally this morning to protest what they are calling a "mega-school" building that the district wants to construct at their site. Initially, the building was to be enlarged to about 650 students (they currently have over 400 for a building that holds about 330.) But the plans seem to indicate a much larger building at 825.
How to fill a building that size? Expand the boundaries by a lot but that would seems to indicate they'd have to bus in a lot of kids to fill a building that size.
Oddly, both Loyal Heights and nearby Whitter have seen a decline. The district is taking back the Webster building (from the Nordic Heritage Museum) but they told me yesterday that they aren't sure what they will do with it. (I keep hearing rumors it might be "a regional pre-k center. Why the district would take back a building for that reason is hard to fathom.)
I have warned and warned about this but once again, the state is encouraging families and businesses to be prepared for a big earthquake. Do you have shoes under all the beds in your house (you'll need them if you are sleeping and there is broken glass in your house. What's your family meet-up plan, either in the house or if you are in different places?
The state is saying - again, as I have said previously - they are not going to be able to help much for 3-7 days except for dire circumstances. Lesson from Katrina that we all saw - the government is NOT coming. On Oct. 20, 2016, the state will have the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Good info here at their website. Consider it a summer project that may pay off big for your family.
Thought-provoking article from Slate on a neighborhood school in Portland and gentrification in its neighborhood.
A sad stat for Washington state public education - 2nd highest in the nation for chronic absenteeism. From the Washington Post:
The problem of students habitually missing school varies widely from state to state, with about one-third of students in the nation’s capital absent 15 days or more in a single school year, according to an Associated Press analysis of government statistics.
According to AP’s analysis, girls were just as likely as boys to habitually miss school. Nearly 22 percent of all American Indian students were reported as regularly absent, followed by Native Hawaiians at 21 percent and black students at 17 percent. Hispanic and white students were close to the national average of 13 percent.I'll have to ask the district what the rate is in Seattle.
Two director community meetings on Saturday:
Director Peters from 11 am-12:45 pm at the Queen Anne Library
Director Harris from 3:00-4:30 pm at the High Point Library
What's on your mind?