Why not just build a new school in Northwest?

Chapman Elementary School in Northwest Portland is bursting at the seams, but there are no easy solutions in sight.

Elsa Menendez says the overcrowding problem at Chapman Elementary School in Northwest Portland is poised to change her life one way or the other.

Her son attends the Spanish Immersion program at Ainsworth Elementary School in the West Hills. But the district's enrollment-balancing effort is planning to move that program to the old East Sylvan building 3 miles away as part of a cascade of boundary changes down the west side to alleviate overcrowding at Chapman and balance enrollment elsewhere.