Boundary revisions proposed to reduce overcrowding at Jackson

Changes could cut enrollment by 400, reduce the number of portables by two-thirds
May 20, 2019

If approved by the school board, the recommendations from the select committee tasked with exploring potential solutions for the overcrowded classrooms at Jackson High School could reduce enrollment by as much as 400 students in the 2023 school year and reduce the need for more than half of the portable classrooms on the Mill Creek campus.

A preliminary report prepared by the 30-member commission proposed allowing the majority of students currently enrolled at Jackson to remain at the school with a priority on keeping students from neighborhoods together.

The plan was represented to outgoing Superintendent Dr. Gary Cohn in March. A spokesperson for the district indicated measure would be presented to the school board at its regular meeting in on Tuesday, May 21. If approved by the board, the recommendations will go into effect with the start of the school year in the fall of 2020.

The proposal submitted to the superintendent calls for a gradual movement if students over four years, beginning with 9th graders and eventually including all four classes by 2023. Students living within a one-mile radius of the high school would remain at Jackson, while those living close to Cascade to be moved to the Everett campus first.

The revisions, as presented, would reduce enrollment at Jackson High from 2,463 to 2,068 and reduce the number of portables from 26 to about 10. Jackson currently has 19 portables with the number expected to reach 30 if no solution could be could be found.

Voters rejected a school bond in February that would have funded a new high school in the southern portion of the district as well as additional classrooms at Jackson.

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