By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
September 2, 2019, update.
This article has been revised with updated information.
Jackson High School did not receive new portable classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year.
Jackson High School Principal Dave Peters emailed, "The district did receive conditional use permits, but those were applied for in advance of the boundary decisions approved by the School Board at the recommendation of the High School Growth Mitigation Committee this past spring."
He also said that the new portables at Heatherwood Middle School were not placed on tennis courts.
Original August 30, 2019, article.
Just in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Heatherwood Middle School received new portable classrooms to accommodate increased enrollment.
The Everett School District received conditional use permits this summer from the City of Mill Creek for both Heatherwood Middle School and Jackson High School portables so that construction could begin if necessary.
Built in 1989, Heatherwood Middle School has an enrollment of about 1,000 students supported by approximately 80 Everett School District staff members.
Jackson High School was built in 1994 and with about 2,200 students in attendance.
The middle school loses one play court closest to the main school building for the installation, but all tennis courts remain for student use.
Each of the new portable classrooms are about 900 square feet in size and match the existing 10 portables previously installed.
Jackson High School got a conditional use permit from the City of Mill Creek for two additional portables, but did not need them this year. The total number at the school is now 17.
The boundary change will shift Jackson High School students to Cascade High School, and Cascade High School students to Everett High School.
According to preliminary estimates, the boundary change is expected to reduce Jackson High School’s student enrollment by about 400 students and reduce the number of portables to about 10.
Jackson High School portables. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.