Parents angry after school district transfers kindergarteners

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:53 PM

BOTHELL, Wash. -- Booming growth in the Northshore School District is forcing administrators to move dozens of kindergartners from their neighborhood school to other elementary schools up to a 15 minute drive away for the 2013-2014 school year.

Parents were upset and shocked after getting a letter from the district that their kindergartners will not be attending their neighborhood school.

"I just couldn't believe that they would do that and that they would ship a whole bunch of 5-year-olds in a bus across the city. It doesn't make any sense," said Rebecca Boss, a Canyon Creek Elementary School parent who lives across the street from the school.

The district said classrooms are full and there's not enough space for all the kindergartners at several schools including Canyon Creek, Crystal Springs and Kokanee elementary schools.

Administrators say enrollment has grown significantly in the north end of the district due to new housing construction. The temporary fix is to bus designated kindergarten students to Frank Love and Maywood Hills elementary schools.

In a letter to families, Kathleen Poole, Assistant Superintendent writes:

“We will monitor enrollment and make necessary shifts annually to best meet school capacity needs. As we manage enrollment using our designated overflow schools, we hope to provide our families with some consistency in the interim as we transition to grade reconfiguration in 2017.

“We understand that this temporary move is not ideal and we appreciate your understanding as we move towards a longer-term solution.”

Parents plan to rally at the school board meeting today, Tuesday, May 14th, at 4 p.m.

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