School overcrowding saga continues in Mead - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

School overcrowding saga continues in Mead

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MEAD, Wash. -

Parents and school leaders will likely clash again next week on the hot button issue splitting the Mead School District: School overcrowding.

“This particular scenario has been handled extremely hastily and quite recklessly,” said parent Jeff Valley. “We can't get a straight answer from the district.”

The option to send around 100 soon-to-be 6th graders from Prairie View Elementary to Northwood Middle School in the upcoming school year is causing the loudest outcry.

“In 6th grade elementary the school spends almost the entire year preparing students for middle school,” said Valley. “And in this case, this has just came up in the last couple weeks and there’s been zero preparation.”

Valley says he and other parents have a laundry list of concerns, including how the move would impact transportation, after school sports, and length of the school day.

Furthermore, Valley doesn’t think transferring the students fixes the problem because Northwood is already overcrowded.

Valley says he asked the school board if he could talk about the issue during their next meeting on Monday.

“Because why not?” he said. “Why wouldn't it be an agenda item? It's a giant leap for the school district.”

Valley says his request was turned down, and that the district told him he could address the issue during public comment.

“General public comments don't have to be addressed by a board,” said Valley. “The board can just listen to it.”

The school district tells KHQ they are planning on having another public meeting in May, and encourage parents to share their concerns.

The district says they have not made a final decision on whether they will go ahead with a plan to send the students to Northwood.

Other options include re-drawing the school boundary lines.

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