Seattle Schools has made a final decision to move Whittier’s Developmental Preschool to Viewlands Elementary starting in the fall. The school had been considering delaying the move by one year.
In a letter sent home with students today, Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, explained that new data shows a strong likelihood of increased enrollment at Whittier Elementary School next year. That means the school will need to add one additional homeroom, but it currently has no empty classrooms, so it is moving the Development Preschool.
From McEvoy’s letter:
We determined that more families would be impacted by moving the before-and after-school program than the developmental preschool, since at the time of the initial review there were only five students continuing in the class for the 2012-2013 school year. (There are currently 12 students enrolled who will continue in the developmental preschool class.)
As a result, we will need to move forward with the plan to relocate the development preschool to Viewlands Elementary as anticipated for the 2012-13 school year. This is consistent with the information provided to families back in February. To best ensure consistency of services, the current staff at the developmental preschool will also move to the Viewlands site next year.
Please know that we will do all we can to ensure that our developmental preschool families have a smooth transition to Viewlands next fall.