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Portables classrooms are only a temporary solution


Last updated 6/15/2017 at Noon

Between preparations for graduation and the flurry of end of the year activities, students and teachers at Henry M. Jackson High School barely had time to notice the large semis that delivered three portable classrooms to campus last month.

The portables will be needed for the expected increase in enrollment, according to principal Dave Peters. He is preparing to welcome 60 new students to the only public high school in Mill Creek this fall.

“Each portable classroom can accommodate 30 students,” Peters told The Beacon. “Sixty more students means we needed two more classrooms.”

Everett Public Schools official Diane Bradford said the extra space will also be used to accommodate a classroom room that was vacated.

The net gain for Jackson was actually two portables, said Peters, because one of the temporary classrooms was returned to Heatherwood Middle School. Everett public Schools made the mid-term swap to cope with an unexpected increase in enrollment at the four-year high school.

The temporary classrooms will be used for general education classes. The principal said science classes with labs will continue to use the main building.

The May delivery brought the number of portable classrooms at Jackson to 17. There are 10 portables available for the next school year at Heatherwood.

Peters said Jackson will continue to use the portable classrooms for fluctuations in enrolment until a new bond issue is approved by voters to pay for permanent structures on campus or a new high school. The principal added that there is limited space at Jackson for any new permanent buildings.

“The need for a new high school is coming,” he said. “It will be up to the district—and the voters--to approve a measure to meet the growth in the area with the greatest need.”

--Dan Aznoff


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