Loyal Heights Elementary parents demand overcrowding solution

Parents filled Seattle Public Schools' headquarters tonight, voicing more concern over the situation for Loyal Heights Elementary students.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Dozens of Loyal Heights Elementary parents filled a Seattle Public School board meeting Wednesday, restating complaints with overcrowded kindergarten classes and the response from district staff.

Currently, Loyal Heights students are spending two years studying at John Marshall school while the normal campus is renovated.

At John Marshall, there are three kindergarten classes of around 30 students, well above the state mandate of 22.  There is also one empty classroom that could be used with another teacher, parents said.

"We write letters, make phone calls and bug (the school board) as much as we can," said parent Brian Jones, "We're not unique.  Maybe we just make a little more noise."

Jones and other parents protested outside John Marshall earlier this week on the issue.

District officials said Wednesday they had met with concerned parents and promised a solution would come.  The main holdup is the three-week period where district staff analyze enrollment.  After that, staff can be shifted.

Seattle Public Schools said enrollment for Loyal Heights exceeded expectations, and a solution could come Monday.

Copyright 2016 KING


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