Seattle proposes another school and more portables for overcrowding

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 4 at 6:36 PM

SEATTLE -- Facing a steady increase in enrollment, today the Seattle Public Schools announced a list of proposed changes to deal with overcrowding in elementary schools.

It wants to reopen Boren Junior High in West Seattle as a K-5 STEM School, which specializes in science, technology, engineering and math, and lease 25 portable classrooms at a total cost of $6.2 million dollars. 

Robert Boesche, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance says the funds would come from money saved from other construction projects that came in under budget.

The district also proposes a series of non-construction solutions, like changing the Geographic Priority Zones for the following elementary schools: John Hay, Wing Luke, Wedgewood and View Ridge. It also wants to modify the attendance boundary for John Stanford International School. The changes would not affect current students at the school if they stay at the same address.

For more information, see the district webpage here.

The district says the proposal is short-term only. It will presented to the school board tonight at 6 p.m., and the board is expected to vote on it on January 18th.

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