West Seattle High School PTSA to examine enrollment equity

January 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

For the second time this week, a big-picture issue is at centerstage for a local PT(S)A: Tomorrow night, the West Seattle High School PTSA is examining “Student Assignment, Enrollment, and How It Impacts WSHS.” Here’s the announcement:

Make plans now to attend the next PTSA meeting, Thursday, January 17th at 7 pm in the West Seattle High School Library. West Seattleā€™s School Board member Marty McLaren and Carmela Dellino, Executive Director of West Seattle Schools for the school district, will be our main guest speakers. The PTSA will be highlighting issues that the current student assignment plan raises for West Seattle High School. The current school boundaries mean our enrollment base is significantly smaller than other high schools. More enrollment means more resources to the school, so how can we impact a more equitable distribution of students? Come and learn about this and other important issues facing the School District.

The enrollment-equity issue has been simmering since the Student Assignment Plan was created more than three years ago; community members had warned at the time that the boundaries drawn then were likely to leave Chief Sealth International High School overflowing and WSHS with extra room – and so far, that’s what’s happened.

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  1. As a teacher at Sealth and parent in West Seattle, this was a horrible idea to begin with. The concerns of 3 years ago with enrollment inequity ultimately came to fruition and the those at Sealth are feeling that pain with overloaded classrooms and inadequate district funding to support a student population that has increased by almost 20% in 2 short years. The fact that 2 portables (they needed 4) had to be built this year in a completely remodeled high school that reopened just 2 short years ago should say enough.

    Comment by Concerned Teacher — 7:44 am January 18, 2013 #

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