Some Highline High School Teachers Are Facing Displacement

A Highline High School student wrote the following article. The views expressed here do not reflect the views of Highline Public Schools or Highline High School. 

Some Highline High School Teachers Are Facing Displacement
Gabriela Martinez

Updated April 5, 2019 12:50 PM

With the move to the new school next year, some students have said they may attempt to transfer schools because of the commute [district policy determines students who may transfer], students are going to new schools because the boundaries are being redrawn, and rising housing costs are forcing families to leave our district.

The old Highline High School building is located in the City of Burien. The temporary school, which will be at the Olympic site is located in the city of Des Moines.

Highline may be losing about 50 to 65 students according to our Co-Principal, Mr. Holloway, meaning they might end up having to transfer into a different school or they are moving out of the district. Mr. Holloway clarified that, “The district will be losing about 500 students due to what I consider ‘modern day gentrification’. The rising cost of living in the greater Seattle area is becoming too much for families to bare, pushing them further south of Seattle.”  

This change will leave us with about only 1000 students at Highline High School. Due to the drop in number of students, some teachers will be displaced.

Sources will be kept anonymous but with the information given, it is known that about three teachers will be displaced from Highline High School. Meaning they will be relocated to another school.

Classes that are a requirement to graduate are a priority in next year's schedule. This explains why we have such a limited selection of electives for next year. Teachers that retire or plan to leave next year will affect the number of teachers getting displaced depending on what subject(s) they teach. It is still unknown who or which departments will be affected, but teachers and departments should know more this week.