MILL CREEK, Wash. -- Everett Public Schools is seeing a jump in the number of students. The school district is holding two community focus group meetings to look at options such as building a new high school, adding onto existing schools or reconfiguring a middle school.
Everett Public Schools estimates there will be 650 students at the high school level in the next 10 years, which is enough to fill up half of one high school.
The south end of the district is seeing an increase in students. District officials point to several large housing projects and developments as a factor to the growth.
Henry M. Jackson High School had a record breaking number of incoming freshmen. The district projected 540 freshmen, but nearly 580 enrolled. The high school is using eight portables to deal with the overcrowding.
“When we built out master plan last year, we hadn't planned for that many students. We’re trying figure out where to shoe horn everybody in right now,” principal Dave Peters said.
The school board says it most likely will ask voters to approve a bond measure on the February 2014 ballot.
The focus group meetings are Wednesday at Evergreen Middle School and Thursday at Jackson High School's Annex. Both are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.