School board votes to close Evergreen

  • By Kaitlin Manry For the Enterprise
  • Monday, April 6, 2009 4:18pm


The Edmonds School Board voted March 24 by a 5-0 margin to close Evergreen Elementary School in Mountlake Terrace.

School leaders had considered closing the school for nearly a year to save money in a tight economy.

“It is with real sincere regret we have to move to this stage,” Board member Patrick Shields said.

In December, the school board voted to close Woodway Elementary School, the district’s smallest school. The board was also scheduled to decide whether to close Evergreen Elementary, the district’s second smallest school, but postponed the decision because public notice about the possible closure wasn’t published on time. Enrollment has declined at both schools in recent years.

Mindy Woods doesn’t live within Evergreen Elementary School’s boundaries. But drawn by the school’s location on a dead-end road and the small student body, she decided to send her son there. He’s now in sixth grade.

“A lot of the teachers who work at Evergreen went to Evergreen years ago,” she said. “You’re really taking away a big part of the neighborhood. Many of us are really, really sad to see that school close, but we understand why … It’s just a tragedy of the times.”

Closing Woodway and Evergreen elementary schools is expected to save the district around $1.4 million a year. While teachers will follow students to new schools, the district saves money on administrators, custodians, heating and other school-specific costs, district spokeswoman Debbie Jakala said.

Evergreen Elementary School is about 40 years old and has 276 students. Most Evergreen students will attend either Mountlake Terrace Elementary or Terrace Park school starting this fall. Both schools are within two miles of Evergreen.

The district has slightly more than 20,000 students and 24 elementary schools.

No one voiced opinions on the possible closure at two public hearings in January, Jakala said.

Rumors that Evergreen may close have circulated among parents for years, and most sadly accepted that the school would close, Woods said.

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