The Moses Lake School District finds itself in a precarious predicament: How do you adjust to an expanding area with insufficient school infrastructure?
This contentious context sets the stage for Thursday's community meeting, when residents and school district members will seek compromise on how to deal with the area's burgeoning crowding issue, which Superintendent Michelle Price said becomes a bigger problem every day after the bond failed in 2012.
“There is no ideal solution,” Price said. “It will impact everyone. Ideally, we'd be building.”
The group is examining several possibilities like year-round school or the re-purposing of some buildings. One of those buildings with a target on it is Columbia Basin Secondary School, which could be a dedicated middle school building under one plan.
CBSS students don't think it is fair for their program to be cut, because it will lead to higher dropout rates and that students won't receive the personalized attention they've become accustomed to.