The question is: What’s best for the children?

Letter to the Editor

This whole boundary change issue isn’t about us vs. them or vice versa. It’s about overcrowding our schools.

If you weren’t aware, Snoqualmie Elementary is getting five new portables for this coming school year and I’ve yet to hear anybody up in arms about that. Common sense would say it has to stop somewhere. I’ve sat back and listened to all the hoopla about the boundary change. I’ve read the letters, editorials and even went to the last school board meeting.

First, it isn’t 33 students, it’s 86. My son has 26 students in his fifth-grade class and all but two of them live on the Ridge. There are five fifth-grade classes. Now I know this is the split for pretty much the rest of the fifth-grade classes as well. So how did the number 33 come into play? We can’t really believe that this class is the only one affected.

It isn’t about filling up class space at Chief Kanim, it’s about the learning environment of our children. I grew up in the Valley. Back then the boundary was about five miles down Highway 202 past Ames Lake, and yes, I was bussed to SMS. No, my family wasn’t promised anything about where I went to school even though Tolt Middle School was four miles down the other side of the hill in Carnation. I understand that some Valley residents believe that the Ridge parents were mislead, but by whom? I do believe that they are being mislead by the inaccurate information being given about why this boundary change is happening.

Now, I also live down here in “historic Snoqualmie,” and I live in the floodway. I can’t bring in dirt on my property due to the environmental impact, so why are we thinking that we can do it at the middle school for portables when it’s obvious that it’s in a floodway and right next to a swamp?

The moral is: we need to make sure that we have all our facts straight before others are mislead into thinking that we’re doing the wrong thing, when we’re really only trying to do what’s best for our children.

Leesa McKay