Dear Shoreline Schools Community,
With spring just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to update you on a few changes to how our facilities will be utilized next year. We are also continuing our discussion of “Future Shoreline” and the need to plan for continued student population growth as well as implementation of Initiative 1351, the Washington Class Size Reduction Measure.
Because our elementary schools are currently at an average of 99 percent of their capacity, we have had to control enrollment this year by not accepting new students in grades K-6 who reside outside our boundaries. At the current time, I anticipate that this restriction will remain in effect for the 2016-17 school year. The District will reevaluate enrollment capacity prior to the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. At that time, siblings of current students with non-resident boundary exceptions will be given priority if space becomes available.
Even with this change in enrollment practice, there is a continued need for additional classroom space due to both growth within our District boundaries as well as our desire to have more classrooms in order to implement smaller class sizes.
As a result of those needs, this fall, Cascade K-8 Community School and its 215 students will move from its current location at Meridian Park Elementary to the Aldercrest Elementary Campus. They will share that location with our Home Education Exchange (HEE) program, which will be moving from the North City Elementary Campus. This move provides Cascade K-8 and HEE the room they need to function and grow. Over the next year, North City will be refurbished to provide additional classroom space in the District. Because of the need for that additional space, the District was unable to renew the lease of tenants at both Aldercrest and North City. Those tenants include preschools, which had been renting space from the District for many years, and provide a valuable service to our community’s youngest learners and their families. Because of difficulty the preschools have had in finding alternative spaces to rent, Shoreline Public Schools has agreed to provide rental space at the Shoreline Center for one year while they search for a new home.
This spring, committees in the District will continue to explore and develop plans for future use of facilities. I hope you will follow our website and read The Flagship for updates. By the end of June, a facilities recommendation will be made to the Board. That recommendation will set a course for our future actions, including the use of the refurbished North City Campus.
I look forward with anticipation and excitement to finding ways to meet the needs of our students and families in the near and more distant future. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or want to provide feedback as we look toward the future together.
Sincerely, Rebecca Miner