At an epic seven-hour meeting Wednesday night, the Seattle School Board voted on several amendments and school boundary changes that will have deep impacts on families with children living in the Central District.
Among the most significant changes is the board’s approval to open The World School, for immigrant children, in the T.T. Minor building. This change comes despite a vocal outcry from Central District families who wanted T.T. Minor to be used as a traditional elementary school. The group cited data that shows almost 500 children living within T.T. Minor’s walk zone and a projected growth to 600 by 2017.
The World School is currently housed in Meany Middle School, which will reopen as a traditional middle school in 2017. Students from Stevens and Lowell would join those from Madrona (K-8), McGilvra, and Montlake in Capitol Hill’s Meany campus when its $14.2 million overhaul is complete in 2017. Currently, students from those schools all feed into Washington Middle School in the Central District.
Several school boundaries also changed, with Stevens Elementary losing its Central District students. Madrona K-8’s boundaries have also shifted.
Seattle Public Schools has a grandfathering policy for elementary school students, who are allowed to stay in their current schools despite the boundaries shift. But students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade will be forced to attend the middle school dictated by the new boundaries starting next year.
The board also decided Wednesday night to institute an annual process of boundary adjustments. So in theory we could see changes like this every year.
The district has posted a full list of boundary changes for elementary schools with maps to its site. Middle school maps are still pending as of this writing.