Highline School Board to hold hearing on closure of Odyssey High Oct. 23

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The Highline School Board will hear public comment on a proposal to close Odyssey High School on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. at the school district central office (ERAC), located at 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien.

Speakers will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Testimony is limited to three minutes per person. For disability accommodations to attend the public hearing, participants are asked to contact the school board office at least three working days in advance of the meeting (206-631-3001).

Last month, Superintendent Susan Enfield recommended the closure of Odyssey High School at the end of this school year because of low enrollment. Due to its low staff/student ratio and high overhead, operating costs for Odyssey are more than double that of the average costs at other high schools in Highline.

“I have been impressed with the good work happening at Odyssey. I want to make it clear that this is a financial decision, not one based on performance,” Enfield said. “As tough as closing a school is for staff, students, and families, given our limited resources I believe this decision is in the best interests of our students as a whole.”

Seniors will graduate as scheduled in June. Staff will develop a transition plan for each of the 52 students impacted by the closure. Students can choose to return to their neighborhood schools or to apply to one of the option schools in Highline. The district anticipates placing all Odyssey teachers who have continuing contracts in other schools next fall and will work with support staff to place them in open positions.

Odyssey High is located at 4424 South 199th Street, in the old Tyee High School campus in SeaTac.

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4 Responses to “Highline School Board to hold hearing on closure of Odyssey High Oct. 23”
  1. Cheryl Nichols says:

    All those schools at the Tyee Educational Complex should revert back to just Tyee High School.

    • Parent says:

      According to many teachers and students Tyee lost it’s Gates foundation scholarship and will be going back to 1 school next school year.. which financially makes sense for our community..

  2. De Mehaffy says:

    Odyssey should remain OPEN!

    What does Odyssey Offer? A Safe Environment, A true “No student left behind” culture and students that are committed to graduating.

    Odyssey has only been an Choice High School for 2 years and needs a chance to grow. There is only 82 students, but believe 179 to 214 students is reachable and achieveable by spreading the word about what Odyssey offers.

    Does it make a difference? Yes… it does. Come to the next Public Hearing and hear first hand the testimonies from Students, families and staff on what Odyssey has done for the students. Dec 11th at Odyssey High School!

  3. Harry Hamlin says:

    Odyssey and its ilk are referred to, colloquially, (look it up, Odyssey students) as “petting zoos” by critics of modern educational practices. I concur. Other than segregating the borderline functional and hard core ineducable from those who are capable of absorbing some modicum of knowledge, they serve no other function, other than to warehouse their deluded and unfortunate inmates, before graduating them for the most part as chronic unemployables; subsequently funneling them into the criminal justice, mental health and perpetual welfare systems.

    The decision to close Odyssey, couched in correct-speak and thoroughly obfuscated as to actual intent, was simply the result of realizing that triage is not just a medical term; you have to help everyone you possibly can and tell the rest sayonara.

    Where the hell is the CCC when we really need it?

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