This is the latest article in the West Seattle Herald about the Denny/Sealth renovation. For me (clearly) some amount of irony here:
"One parent said the district was treating the public like "children," and only cared about their opinion when it comes time to vote for a levies and bonds.
"You can't just bulldoze through the community and tell us it's a done deal when you didn't involve us in the first place," she said."
Well, it helps to ask questions before you vote for something but the bond language was not clear on the dual-campus issue.
However, school administrators admit they didn't do enough outreach and promise more opportunities for parental input.
There seem to be several issues here including:
-not telling people clearly it would be joint campus
-staff issues (with many staff opposed to the joint idea which makes it harder to implement if people are not onboard - out of the half of Denny's staff that voted, 75% were against the idea)
Oh yeah and this:
"The schools will interface through a galleria that will serve as a "conduit" to facilities, such as gyms, cafeterias, language labs and counseling offices, said Gilmore. Six gymnasiums are planned for the new campus, more than any other Seattle Public school, and a 1,000-seat auditorium, the largest in the district. The schools are predicting a combined total of about 1,600 students at the new campus."
Six gymnasiums? For 1600 students? I'm sure there's an explanation there somewhere.
Irene Stewart seems to recognize some of this but did say that she had seen this as a good way to get major improvements to both campuses but that the $125M cost was high (and for Sealth only being renovated to a 25-year cycle, really high).