|Rosa Parks is a new structure with 10 portables but is already 107% of capacity|
Below, is the cover letter to an 18 page document Rosa Hill residents prepared for the Board and Pierce's consideration. Read More >>
Dear School Board:
The Enrollment at Rosa Parks Elementary has been growing exponentially over the last three years to over 768 students during the 2011-2012 school year; and this dramatic growth is continuing due to the build-out of Redmond Ridge East.
Ten portables are installed to Rosa Parks to meet class size standards, but the physical capacity of the school was not built to accommodate this high number of students. Overcrowding impacts the students' overall safety and learning experience and will only get worse as the growth continues.
We understand (from talks with Administration) the district may be considering wider enrollment re-balancing, however we know this process would take time and a lot of community involvement. The overcrowding at Rosa Parks requires emergency action and needs to be addressed immediately.
The current Capital Facilities Plan indicates a new school in Redmond Ridge East will be built in 2015 if a proposed February 2014 bond passes. Within that three year timeline, Rosa Parks will experience severe overcrowding. This issue cannot wait three more years. Moving lunch to classrooms, increasing number of recesses and other mitigation measures won't solve the problem. They are not enough.
The Administration anticipated higher populations and included construction of a Redmond Ridge East Elementary school in the 2010 bond, but the bond did not pass. The Kimball Administration
indicated a boundary adjustment would not be considered before the 6th grade shift, but that the district "may need to make adjustments before a new school can be built."
Re-balancing enrollment with an adjacent school is the only workable solution to Rosa Parks serious overcrowding problem. Wilder Elementary has vast excess capacity that could be filled by the transfer of Rosa Parks students. Wilder has declining enrollment and is anticipated to be less than half the enrollment of Rosa Parks this fall.
We are requesting an expedited schedule for a re-boundary process to re-balance enrollment between Rosa Parks and Wilder to be initiated (September) and be in effect for the 2013-14 school year.
- Submitted by Rosa Park residents to the School Board and Administration on July 27, 2012
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