I don’t think I would be where I am today without the many opportunities Jackson High School has given me.
As a senior and ASB president, I have been able to see all the different challenges students deal with daily, with one especially being overcrowding. When Jackson was first built, it was made for 1,500 students. Today, Jackson carries about 2,200 students. To be able to make room for everyone we have 17 portables.
There isn’t enough seating in the cafeteria for everyone to eat lunch so students will crowd in our hallways to eat. A break to the bathroom is almost nearly impossible during passing periods. With 5 minutes to get to class, you don’t have enough time to wait in line, then rush to class. This can leave teachers frustrated, using class time to use the restroom.
As ASB president, one of my major goals is to create an open and inclusive environment for every student, and trying to change a school culture with even 1,000 students can be difficult, so with 2,200, it is a true challenge.
School should be a place where every student feels they belong, and being over our capacity, it can be hard to reach out to every student. So please vote by Feb. 13 for the Everett Public Schools Capital Bond so we are able to build a new high school and create even better experiences for our students.