New Seattle school assignments not going as planned


by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 14 at 6:14 PM

SEATTLE - The Seattle School District’s new student assignment plan isn’t exactly working as planned.

An extra 128 students are enrolled at Garfield High School and there isn't enough spots for all of them.

“They are so packed I don’t have a first period, so I have to go sit in the lunchroom every morning until they can find me a class,” says sophomore Natalie Bova.

The district knew there would be more students, but admits it may not have been fully prepared to deal with it when school started. Now, parents worry their kids are getting caught in the middle.

So why so many students?

“We have the kids from the neighborhood (as part of the student assignment plan) and we also grandfathered the kids who were here before who may not necessarily live here in the neighborhood,” says district spokesperson Teresa Whipple. 

It’s a kink that Whipple says will work itself out with time.

“The first year or two is going to be the time where we have adjustments to make," she says.

But it's time parents don't have. Marilyn Anglin's son is a Garfield senior and is struggling to get into the classes he needs.

“I hope they get it together so it doesn’t affect my son upon graduation," said Anglin.

Whipple also says there were several teaching positions that went unfilled up until the last minute.

As of Tuesday, all students were fully assigned.