The outer north region of Portland Public Schools is overcrowded. Sitton is listed at 105% facility utilization, James John at 97%, and Astor at 105%. Both Scenario I and Scenario II are the same for this region. Neither scenario provides any relief for the three overcrowded schools.
Recommendation 1: Shift some of the current boundary of Sitton into James John. Shift some of the current boundary of James John into Cesar Chavez and/or Astor.
Recommendation 2: Reconfigure K-8 Astor as a K-5 that feeds into George Middle School. George has room, as the chart below shows.
George is listed as having 30 classrooms. At 642 enrollment, George is probably a little over 100% utilized. In both scenarios Ockley Green Middle School has room for a few more students, so either Beach or Peninsula could take some of Astor's territory, shifting enrollment from George to Ockley Green.
In Scenario I, Astor appears to one of the few non-focus-option K-8's that remains a K-8. Sunnyside Environmental, if not a focus option school, could be considered another. And the Faubion school under construction is yet another.
Recommendation 3: Make Cesar Chavez an all Spanish dual language immersion school (like school in Hillsboro School District here). In 2014, Cesar Chavez had 253 students in its non-immersion component and 198 in its Spanish immersion component. In the lottery for 2014-15, Cesar Chavez turned away 21 English native kindergarten transfer applicants. In addition, its adjacent schools all have high percentages of Hispanic students: Astor with 16.9%, Rosa Parks with 30.5% and Peninsula with 30.6%. More Hispanics could be attracted to an all Spanish immersion school.
Both Sitton and James John already have single strand Spanish immersion programs.
Students from the Cesar Chavez neighborhood who want a non-Spanish-immersion program could be offered Astor or Rosa Park as alternatives. The change could take place one school year at a time starting with kindergarten (or all at one if the neighborhood prefers).
PPS staff is looking for place to "consolidate" Spanish immersion programs. Cesar Chavez could be one of those places.