People just aren't being made like they used to. It seems like many school districts across the state are closing elementary schools. Port Angeles just celebrated the 100-year anniversary of a school (which is closing at the end of the year). Port Townsend is looking to shutter the doors of one of its two elementary schools. Seattle has looked at closing some of its sites. Now, Mercer Island is concerned about dropping enrollment.
Mercer Island is not the only district hoping to attract students from outside its attendance area in order to boost numbers (and therefore financial support from the state). Will it be long before districts are working to poach from others? Will incentives be offered and test scores be touted? There are only so many little ones to go around and educational dollars are always at a premium.