I live on Olympia’s west side; Capital High School is a short walk through the woods, or an equally short distance on the local roads. This area, near the cell tower and above Sunrise Park, is frequented by students who attend the high school. Over the last few months, I have called the high school numerous times, reporting students parked in their vehicles on my street during the school day. School staff responds quickly to these reports, security officers sometimes walking up through the woods.
However, I also have the sense that the high school doesn’t seem to be aware of students missing from class. How is attendance taken during the school day? How is the Olympia School District — its students enjoying the luxury of an open campus, and traveling in their own vehicles to the many academic alternatives available to students — ensuring that they are arriving at their destinations?
The Olympia School District continues to embrace technology and its inherent costs, forgetting, it seems, basic requirements, such as the need to guarantee that students are in class rather than wandering the streets of Olympia. This apparent oversight confirms the need for me, on principle, to continue a practice of voting against school levies.