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School Capacity Review and Closure Consideration

Background

As Shoreline School District examines the most effective and efficient ways to deliver the best educational service we can provide to our community, we must examine many factors, including declining enrollment, school funding limitations, and the resources and supports required. 

During fall 2023, a small team convened to review school enrollment and capacity data to determine if a school closure was feasible. 

The team:

  1. Reviewed:
    • Approximate closure savings
    • Prior closures and processes 
    • School capacity data
    • Enrollment trends and 2023 demographer report
  2. Modeled the impact of school closures on the capacity of other schools
  3. Determined that, in terms of school capacity, a closure was feasible; and recommended moving forward with a larger review process involving district task force and use of additional data.

At the December 5, 2023, School Board meeting, a report of this initial review process was shared. Following presentation of this information and board discussion, the School Board gave direction to proceed with forming a task force that will work toward making a recommendation in fall 2024 of the most viable elementary school for possible closure for the 2025-26 school year.

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Closing a school is not a decision that is taken lightly, nor is a school closure a foregone conclusion of the work of the School Capacity Review and Closure Consideration (SCRCC) task force. The group will conduct a deeper review of school capacity and consider the benefits, drawbacks, and realities of closing a school in Shoreline.

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As we work through the process to make a recommendation about the most viable elementary school for potential closure in the 2025-26 school year, we invite questions from the community throughout the process. Due to the large volume of questions we anticipate, we will not address every question that arises; however, we are committed to transparent communication during this process and will post all materials, presentations, and frequently asked questions to the district website in a timely fashion.

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Task Force Purpose

To make a recommendation about the most viable elementary school for potential closure. 

  • Implications and factors related to a closure will be shared with the recommendation   

  • Any closure, if implemented, would not take place until the 25-26 school year

  • The task force will bring a recommendation to the Shoreline School District Board of Directors and superintendent in the fall of 2024. The Board and superintendent will make a determination about whether or not to close a school at that time.

Meeting Resources

Meeting presentations and other materials are posted here following each meeting of the SCRCC task force.

Task Force Meetings

All School Capacity Review and Closure Consideration meetings will be held in person in the Shoreline Room at the Shoreline Center.

  • Tuesday, February 6, 5-7:00 pm

  • Thursday, March 7, 5-7:00 pm

  • Thursday, March 21, 5-7:00 pm

  • Thursday, April 18, 5-7:00 pm

  • May meeting TBD

Materials presented at SCRCC meetings will be posted online, reports will be provided at School Board meetings as appropriate, a community survey will be included in the process, and meeting minutes of key decisions and action items will be posted. Meetings will be open to the general public. Because each meeting will include a number of break-out sessions, they will not be live-streamed or recorded.

Process and Timeline

January 2024:

  • Small team will reconvene in January/February to review additional information and to make final adjustments to the planning process before convening a full task force.

    • To be reviewed:

      • School facilities report

      • Updated demographer’s report

      • Updated budget information

  • Convene capacity review and closure consideration task force

February-June 2024:

  • Task force:

    • Establishes criteria for recommendation

    • Reviews enrollment, demographic, program, school capacity, and building condition data

    • Considers community input and Race & Equity Tool

  • Community survey and forums (tentatively March-May)

Fall 2024:

  • Task force recommendation to School Board

If a school closure is approved by the School Board, boundary, transition, and school closure processes will be initiated in advance of the 2025-26 school year.

Task Force Members