However, there were a few interesting points raised. During the principal talk, Rina announced next year's confirmed enrollment for Cascadia is currently at 732 which is actually down from this year although the window to join is still open. We talked again after it was over and she made a special plea for those families who haven't officially committed to enroll as soon as possible. This will make the staffing and budgeting process easier for the staff. She also mentioned that she is involved in the K-5 English/Language Arts curriculum adoption process. I hope to look into the materials further at some point and post about it.
I had mentioned here that Flip had three children enrolled in the district. He added on tonight that one of his kids was involved in the HCC qualification process this year. If its any comfort to those of you who also went through the process, the senior staff share your pain: Flip mentioned missed screening deadlines and late status notifications.
On the subject of whether Cascadia will split, there was little new information but his tone made it seem likely.
- Apparently the district is trying hard to avoid portables on the new site. This was stressed.
- The new K-3 teacher student ratios have further reduced the capacity of the building absorbing all the flex spaces that were planned.
- The 660 capacity numbers are the "right size" for the building.
- If there is a split, the district will try to identify a cohort of around 150 students. Note: for comparison Fairmount Park has about 164 HCC students.
- The only possible site that came up by name in his talk was the Decatur Building.
There was a brief mention also of the Hamilton Capacity issues for next year. The district is still trying to get permission from the city Landmark Commission for a one year placement of 2 double wide portables on the blacktop. This will be decided hopefully by mid May.
High Schools were talked about as well. Flip mentioned Garfield is projected to reach 2400 students in a few years without adjustments being made. He also said conversations were being had about whether to make Ingraham the default High School placement for the north end rather than an option despite this year's enrollment issues.
Finally, in a brief comment Rick Burke mentioned that the district is 11 curriculum adoptions behind and doesn't have the budget to get those done as quickly as he would like. So any HCC specific materials are very unlikely and that instead the adoptions are being done with an eye towards textbooks that will serve both the gen-ed and advanced learning communities.
One editorial note: If you're planning ahead its best to make peace with the lack of certainty and assume that you will be geo-split. The capacity and budgetary constraints are only getting more severe.