From a letter by Pathfinder parent, Tracy Burrows at http://www.seattleschools.org/schools/pathfinder/letters.html.
The Boren Site is Not Appropriate for the Pathfinder Program
The Boren site was designed as a large middle school -- it has never been a successful permanent site for a program that includes K-5 grades. Its bathroom facilities are not appropriate for younger elementary student, it has no playground, it is located on a very busy street, and it is not a secure site. The School District's own report states that the facility has not aged well and needs a complete upgrade of systems and finishes. This proposed move does not address our need for an adequate facility, rather it moves us from a small facility needing some repair to a LARGE outdated facility needing many more repairs.
Move to Boren Doesn't Meet District's Principles For Closures
It does nothing to "Improve or Sustain Academic Effectiveness" - The stress of this transition will have a negative impact on Pathfinder’s academic effectiveness for years to come. The School District cannot demonstrate the benefits of this change to Pathfinder students and families.
It does not "Minimize Disruption to Students, Families, and Staff" - This move maximizes disruption to the Pathfinder Community!!
It does not "Promote Program Quality" - This move does not improve the quality of any programs. This move is likely to have a negative impact on Pathfinder's quality, as many current Pathfinder families will look elsewhere for a school in a more suitable location.