Rosa Parks overcrowding affects before- and after-school programs | Reporter Web comment
September 21, 2012 · Updated 11:00 AM
I am the mother of a current second-grader at Rosa Parks, and next year I will have a kindergartner. The district needs to implement a solution to significantly reduce enrollment across ALL grades at Rosa Parks by next year. If I didn’t already have a child at the school, I would definitely be asking for a variance to Wilder for my kindergartner, however that is not a great solution for people that have siblings in the school already. I am a frequent volunteer at the school, and if my kids were split between schools, I wouldn’t be able to offer as much to the schools.
The overcrowding also causes a huge problem for our before- and after-school programs. Many open spaces we used to have in the school have been converted to classrooms, and can no longer be used for programs. With almost 800 kids, the programs fill up instantly and many families do not get spots in the programs that they are interested in.
Shayna Hennings Begun, Redmond