Well after registration on August 7, they call me back on the 15th and tell me -- get this . . . not only is there no room for him at Edahow -- but none at Syringa, Tendoy, Gate City, or Greenacres. But no worries, Lewis & Clark, which is more than 3 miles away has TONS of spots for 1st graders!!! And they will provide bus transportation!! Wow, they acted like I'd won the lottery. I called the principals and offices of all of the other schools -- finally I just asked, "Why? They never had this problem when I was younger, what was going on?" She said her school for a long time operated at its capacity at 500. Then attendance dropped down to 350 for a few years and they changed the boundaries. In the past two years their attendance has grown back to its original size of 500. So it sounds like a boundary issue if their numbers are ONLY back up to what they used to be. Ok.
So how come my kid can't go to their schools? Well the answer is that it's not fair for their neighborhood kids to get bumped to another school just so mine can come. Wait a minute. My kid is a neighborhood kid. What kid is going to Edahow that bumped him??? Well the rich kids that have houses up the new section of Satterfield. I get it . . . And Edahow says, we give neighborhood kids preferences over transfers. Well if I kept Christian when would he theoretically ever earn the status of neighborhood kid? Never. Right. Because he would always carry the transfer status. So why can't they bump kids that are closer to Lewis & Clark there so Christian can at least attend one of the nearest 5 elementary schools? Well that's not fair to those kids. Right. So my kid is bussed to the 6th closest school??? Right.
So I come to accept our plight and go buy the extra school supplies L&C asks for and go to Back to School night and meet the new teacher. All is well and good right? Nope. I call the next day to check on the transfer bus schedule. Their answer? Oh, it is just so confusing to figure out the schedule to get overflow kids where they need to be. You have to get your kid to school and pick him up until we can figure it out.
Now could this be solved by redrawing the boundaries? Probably. Could it be solved by bringing trailers to the school for the overflow classes? Very likely. I attended classes in trailers in junior high and high school and am none the worse for it. So what is SD25s brilliant solution? They are planning on presenting a new bond to voters for us to build additions on to Edahow Elementary (and whatever else they want to do). Now the Superintendent of SD25 makes more money per year than the Governor of the State of Idaho. Obviously she doesn't ask for excellence or accuracy from her employees. And the first solution that comes to mind is -- raise taxes to build more (which I'm sure they would keep some of that money to pad their salaries a little bit more, right?). And attendance is only up to the levels it used to be. Spare me. Please, Please, Please -- let Darik and I move out of this heck hole of a city before they tax us to death and then transfer Ellie to another county for school.