How many Lincoln High School students would opt for a paid high school year abroad if PPS offered it? Could that help control Lincoln's enrollment growth? And avoid significant boundary changes?
Lincoln High School was discussed at various point in the Portland Public Schools Board meeting on 9/1/15.
(1) It has had surge in enrollment. This year it may top 1,700 in student enrollment, way over its designed capacity of a reputed 900. Last year it had 1,583 students.
A fire put one of its current portable out of use. It is scrambling to find more classroom space and teachers.
(2) Planning is beginning for a replacement, with its future enrollment capacity, to me, unknown. On the Board agenda were two MUOs (memorandums of understanding) relating to the school design. One MUO endorsed working with Portland State University to co-located a new building for their Graduate School of Education on the Lincoln High School site. The other supported consideration of parking structure proposals for underneath a new Lincoln athletic field. Neither seems focused on student educational needs.
(3) PPS will have difficulty keeping the future enrollment of Lincoln at or below 1,750 students, the current design sizes of the other comprehensive high schools being rebuilt (Grant, Franklin) without significant boundary changes.
(4) The 2013-14 operating cost per student at Lincoln High School was $11,834. Taking off the allocated central administration costs of $493 per student yields a net operating costs per student at Lincoln of $11,341. This amount per student (or less) could be reallocated to pay for high school study abroad programs.
(4) PPS could reduce the enrollment stress on Lincoln by offering paid high school years abroad for interested Lincoln students. The study abroad organization ASSE currently offer high school year abroad programs to 28 countries that each cost less than the net operating cost per student at Lincoln High School (above). ASSE fees cover tuition, room and board with a family, and international transportation. So PPS has an alternative that could reduce enrollment at Lincoln and reduce overall costs.