BHS film makers screen documentary about Loyal Heights Elementary expansion

Recent Ballard High graduate Jaya Flanary will be screening her documentary entitled “Mega School” on Wednesday, August 24, at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School Auditorium (1418 NW 65th St).

Flanary, along with Ballard High School student co-producers Sophie DeGreen and Ruby Anderson, created the 30 minute documentary to inform the community about the issues relating to the expansion of Loyal Heights Elementary school.

“Loyal Heights Elementary is being expanded, and construction will start by 2017. The site plan is not fit for the less than 3 acres of land, and the expansion is too big for the student body projection for many years to come,” says Flanary.

According to Flanary, many community members have invested over a year of their time and energy trying to compromise with the district, but the plan is still too large, and is cutting the playground by almost 50%.

Flanary and Anderson both attended Loyal Heights and are very passionate about the issues involved with the expansion.

“My hope for this documentary is not only to create a dialogue in the community in order to change the plan, but also acknowledge the many LHE neighbors who have dedicated so much to this cause. I don’t believe the current plan will create the heartwarming environment I so much enjoyed as a child,” says Flanary.

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