Special Update: On January 17th, 2018 the SPS School Board unanimously approved Scenario F, effective for the 2018/2019 school year. Existing students will be grandfathered and students who currently receive transportation will continue to receive transportation.
Capacity has been a major focus of our PTA and school administration for the past several years.
Our Legislative Liaisons have been on point to gather West Seattle PTAs together (Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Legislative Liaisons) to bring our community concerns to the right people, including those at Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the School Board. This included meeting several times to confirm and align our viewpoint, composing and delivering many emails with our immediate capacity concerns at elementary and future concerns for middle and high schools, and included actual proposed solutions. The proposed solutions included boundary revisions along with utilizing the current Schmitz Park elementary site to relieve the immediate capacity pain at Genesee Hill.
We were told our concerns were heard, but using Schmitz Park was not an option due to cost and that boundary changes would be done for the 2018-2019 school year. A Capacity task force was also created in 2016/2017 by the district with the goal to develop recommendations for the superintendent. We were fortunate to have Genesee Hill parent Michael Godfried on this task force who shared information and updates throughout the year. In the end, the task force did have some recommendations and a plan to continue to meet quarterly for the next two years.
In the early part of the 2017 school year, the SPS Enrollment Planning team put forth several scenarios – all developed with extensive feedback from the task force and effected families – and on January 17, 2018, the School Board unanimously adopted Scenario F, effective for the 2018/2019 school year.
- November 8, 2017 – Four parents from the Boundary Discussion Group (Kelley O’Connor, Mike Baker, Rich Sheibley and Christine Kraynek) met with School Board Director Leslie Harris. She said she would “probably” support full grandfathering of existing students, but wanted to know the impacts to transportation costs. She also wants our Boundary Discussion Group to see in action the new tool the school board purchased for enrollment planning and encouraged them to get the new school board members up to date on our issues.
- November 9, 2017 – Enrollment Planning Director Ashley Davies indicated they are leaning towards proposing full grandfathering for all currently enrolled students (versus only specific grades). Their policy will not include grandfathering future siblings. Families will be encouraged to apply during Open Enrollment and the two Principals and Enrollment would work together through the requests to get as many siblings into their desired location without creating more split classes.
- January 17, 2018 – The school board unanimously approved the Boundary change (Scenario F) with existing students grandfathered and students who currently receive transportation continuing to receive transportation.
Our FAQ is a running list of questions posed by parents and administrators regarding boundary changes for the 2018 and beyond school years. We will update this document as we continue to receive updates from the district.