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| 0 Wednesday, November 6, 1996 West Seattle Herald/White Center News CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 thinking and get feedback. We did, and the community's comments and concerns have caused us to go back to the drawing board. While we are getting the t~edback, we were also determining the cost for various facts of the proposals• We have now determined that the trans- portation element of "grandfathering" currently-provided transportation would cost approximately $1.6 mil- lion more. Clearly, we need to deter- mine how, or if, we will absorb those costs. We will not recommend some- thing to the School Board that is not financial feasible. Q: But won't you have to spend more money to provide "quality schools" dose to home"? A: We will have to spend money differently. We know that if the stu- dent-assignment program is changed, students who have higher needs may concentrate in some of our schools. We are proposing to allocate money to the schools based on the kinds of students they receive and the needs of those students• We are proposing to accomplish this through the new Resource Allocation Plan, which would enable the money to follow the students. Principals would then have the flexibility to provide programs to their students. We are also proposing to place programs, such as bilingual pro- grams, closer to where the students live so they won't have to take a long bus ride away from their neighbor- hoods to get the service they need. If we can reduce transportation costs, we can put more money into academic achievement. If we can concentrate programs in fewer loca- tions, we believe we can improve the quality of the program while reduc- ing its cost. Q: Since students from the south are being bused to the north, what will happen to schools if the plan is changed? A: It is possible that schools in the north would get smaller, and schools in the south would get larger. Q: Do you have enough room in the south for the students who might enroll? A: By phasing the program in, we believe we have sufficient capacity. There are currently a number of under-enrolled schools in the south that will initially allow more students to enroll close to home. Portable buildings will be relocat- ed, as needed, to accommodate stu- dent growth. There are currently sev- eral projects in the Building Excellence Program that will add capacity in South Seattle. Q: Won't these proposals "reseg- regate" the public schools in Seat- fie? nget ?3abies® Age: Birth - 5 years Classic black & white with handtinting 932"6615 Fine Art Photography shown at e~ollective•.. The Gallery West Seattle A: If parents select schools in their neighborhood areas, it is likely that the school populations will look like the neighborhoods. Some neighbor- hoods have high percentages of stu- dents of color, others don't. In the short term, some schools may become more racially isolated. Community members have told us that academic achievement is their number-one concern. One of the important contributors to academic achievement is parent participation. It's hard for parents to become involved in schools that are a dis- tance away from their homes. Parents have also told us they want their children to have a multi-cultural experience. The proposal encourages diversity in two ways: • "Desegregation positive" is the first "tie breaker" that would be applied when schools are close to fill- ing up. • Each of the nine clusters would have the at least one school out of the geographic area to which transporta- tion would be provided to students who help improve the school's cul- tural diversity. Q: Why is "sibling" the third "tie breaker"? Won't that discour- age families from enrolling togeth- er? A: The second "tie breaker" after desegregation positive is neighbor- hood. Siblings residing together in the same neighborhood would be admit- ted together under "neighborhood." Q: What happens next? A: The proposals will be formally presented to the School Board on Wednesday (Nov. 6). The board is being asked to act on the proposals at its Nov. 20 meeting. Q: When will the public be allowed to give further comment? A: The Seattle School Board will conduct a public hearing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Owen Auditorium of the Administra- tion and Services Center, 815 Fourth Ave. N. Persons wishing to speak at this hearing should sign up in advance of by calling 298-7040. Speakers should limit their remarks to three minutes. The school board will also take tes- timony at its 2 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 p.m. 20 meetings, both in Owen Auditorium. Leopards line Lafayette's stage, awaiting judges to declare one the school's! Lafayette Elementary School now has an official nickname: the Leopards• To celebrate, students constructed spotted paper-mache mascots, which were displayed last week for judges' approval. The winning leopard, to be announced this week, will forever represent the Admiral School in ath- letic and academic events. Alki Students spent one da~, last week investigating the PacSficTScfence' Center's Rock and Roll Van," with exhibits such as "Radical Rocks," "Crystal Clear," "Dig That Dirt" and "What a Blast" (about Mount St. Helens). Denny Teachers owe a "Neon Hair Day" after students exceeded the school's goal lbr its annual maga- zine-subscription fundraiser. FREE ORTHODONTIC EXAM FREE SECOND OPINION MAXIMUM FEE $3,900 DR. BOB WHITE ORTHODONTICS 5443 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SCHOOL BEAT Student sellers raised $17,694 -- 40 percent of which finances A extracurricular activities. The goal was $15,000. Guadalupe Fifth-grade students are using rats to study the effects of milk upf products during a five-week nutri- tion unit. bus The students will read and care fol" four laboratory rats, Afterward, they will have the chance to adopt them as pets. p,m. Mt. View Volunteers put the school's gar- den to bed for the winter last week- end, shredding plants, spreading woodchips, weeding and making compost. Roxhill The school was honored by 2348 California Ave. S.W. across Cards Just