The West Seattle Herald had a good story about the community meeting about Denny/Sealth sponsored by the Westwood Neighborhood Council this past Tuesday. They had put together a panel of speakers to address this project.
I had known where staff thought the extra $10M for Sealth under Option 2 would come from and I have explained it on this blog elsewhere. What the reporter, Rebekah Schilperoort, learned was jaw-dropping to me (especially because of the hammering I took over my BEX III stand). The largest part - $5M - would come from the BEX III Infrastructure fund which is for air and water quality fixes and resurfacing playfields. Now, in my remarks to the Board on Wednesday, I told them that I knew, of course, they would fix the water and air and that it looked like that left the playfields not getting done (and one of them was Denny/Sealth).
But no, folks, Salmon Bay and Summit K-12 will NOT get their air/water quality issues addressed.
"These projects would likely be restored in the next capital improvement bond, said Don Gilmore, project manager for the Building Excellence III program."
Why thank you, Mr. Gilmore.
So playfields being resurfaced trumps air and water quality. So many people slammed me over my BEX III stands and one thing I heard, over and over, was
"The bond measure has air and water quality parts. We HAVE to do those and you should feel terrible for coming out against this measure and denying those schools their fixes."
So tell me, is everyone going to rise up now and defend Salmon Bay and Summit? Are you going to call your Board member and tell them this is outrageous? Or is it just that some air/water quality issues are more equal than others? If it was such a big deal that they asked for the money for those fixes a year ago, then it's likely to still be an issue.
Unless, of course, that was just for effect to pass the bond measure. But the district wouldn't do something sneaky like that, would they?