The last time Airport Heights Elementary principal Michael Webb checked, about 100 of the children who live within walking distance of his school had chosen to go elsewhere.
The elementary school — squat, welcoming and built in the 1950s — is Title I, a designation given to the schools with the neediest students that brings with it extra services and federal money aimed at closing the achievement gap between rich and poor kids.
But Airport Heights is not a poor neighborhood.
It’s a grid of desirable ranch houses with tended gardens and the occasional fluttering strand of prayer flags. It’s the kind of place that attracts young families with sidewalks and ball fields, where residents organized a “protest party” against the planned destruction of a popular ski trail. Where the disappearance of some backyard chickens was big news.