Why is our County Board of Education rushing to build an inadequate school for more-diverse less-affluent students?
Westland middle school is a good school on a good site. In contrast, because Rock Creek Hills Park is so small (much smaller than the old Kensington Junior High site, since the Kensington Park retirement community was built on much of the site of the old school) with steep wooded creek-side slopes, any school built on its site would be inadequate.
Here are aerial photos, at the same scale, of Westland middle school, and Rock Creek Hills Park:
Westland is a good school on a good site, with ample room for athletic facilities. As the photos show (and as was stated on the record at the April 28th Board meeting), were a middle school to be built on the site of Rock Creek Hills Park, there would not be room for any regulation-sized athletic fields.
And here's the thing: If such a school were to be built, near the far North-East corner of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cluster, then, given the cluster's demographics and geography, Westland would serve the more affluent, mostly White students from the Southern region of the cluster, while the proposed inadequate school, without regulation fields, would serve the more diverse and less affluent students from the Northern and Eastern regions of the cluster.
Why segregate students by diversity and income? Why build, for less-affluent more-diverse students, an unequal school?