Seattle parents upset over proposed school boundaries


by KING 5 News

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 10:29 AM

SEATTLE -- The battle over proposed school boundaries in Seattle is heating up. 

Parents in the Wedgwood neighborhood are upset their kids may not be attending the closest school. 

Families say they live across the street from Eckstein Middle School, but they're now being told it's possible their students will have to make a roughly two-mile trip to Jane Addams Middle School.

Kristin Hill's son, Graham, was planning to make the half-mile walk to Eckstein next school year, but he might have to travel 1.7 miles to attend Jane Addams instead. His mom says it is too far to walk, but too close to qualify for a school bus ride based on district rules.

"I can't believe it. It really seems unreal," says Hill. "We can walk to the top of our street and see Eckstein."

The school district says the proposal, just released Friday, would affect students at Wedgwood Elementary - students who thought they would be attending Eckstein next school year. Those kids and their parents say they feel blindsided.

At a public meeting Wednesday, some of those parents expressed their frustration. Superintendent Jose Banda explained how the district is outgrowing some old schools and needs to fill some new ones.

"We know we will never be able to make everyone happy," says Banda. "We must make a recommendation that is in the best interest of our students but also our growing school district."

The new boundary proposal was presented to the Seattle School Board Wednesday night. The board is expected to take action on possible boundary changes on November 20.

Learn more about Growth Boundaries here.