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I am a concerned parent of Rosa Parks Elementary School and Evergreen Middle School students. It is now at least four years in a row that Rosa Parks is overcrowded, and yet it is on the radar of the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to make it even more overcrowded. A generation of students are facing lower-quality school experiences in such basic daily activities as enjoying play time, having lunch with friends in the commons area (rather than sitting in the classroom) and even going to the bathroom.
Community Events, December 2014
Members of the Redmond Learning Community are concerned about the district’s last-minute plan to allow Evergreen Middle School to become the next “Rosa Parks,” with its recent proposal to add four more portables to the nine already on site. Evergreen is already 200 students over original building capacity. (Editor’s note: This figure does not include the added capacity from portables.) It is now slated to nearly double that capacity to 1,120 seats with four more portables (including restroom portables) and space reconfigurations. As the community has testified to the school board many times before, adding classroom capacity does not translate to increased capacity in a school’s many shared spaces (cafeteria, gym, library, small-group learning areas, restrooms and playground as examples).
We are writing to express our concern with the impact of the proposed reboundary plans, which will add students to Rosa Parks Elementary School and Evergreen Middle School. Rosa Parks is already stretched to the limit, presently at 126 percent of capacity, and with the proposed reboundary plans will reach 146 percent to 157 percent of capacity. (Editor’s note: These figures do not include the school’s 10 portables.) Our clear impression is that the district does not have the students’ best interests at heart, and it only attempts to add a patch over a previous patch.
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Why is it important to have purpose in early childhood development? This was the question I asked myself. What is the relevance? Why is it important? I’m a student at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, where I am studying the pedagogy of early childhood education and development. Not only in the experiences I’ve been through in this study and that of practical child care experience, I have seen the benefits of having a purpose to motivate and cultivate our young children.