Of course, some of what is being argued over in the NE, namely capacity, could have been helped (or at least the district would be on stronger ground at this point if they had done something) by putting a NE elementary on the BEX III list. (Two schools, Laurelhurst and John Rodgers, had been on a list of schools considered. Also, Thorton Creek has been talking about being a K-8 for a long time and they have a large amount of acreage to do it on.) We have parents in the NE saying they wish there was more capacity and another middle school to take the pressure off of Eckstein (many are hoping for a K-8). Well, that might have happened except the choice was made to build New School K-8 a mile from African-American Academy K-8.
From Hale's project minutes:
"There is no District standard or policy regarding CCTV camera systems; on past BEX
projects it’s a site-based decision. For example, Roosevelt had no cameras, Cleveland had
48 added during construction, and Garfield is getting less than 50."
I have since been in contact with Pegi McEvoy, the new head of security for the district, and she's putting together a set of best practices for just this sort of item. I still cannot believe, to this day, that the district allows Building Design Teams control over security issues. I am working on the camera issue for Roosevelt (and, of course, the district has no money for this so we will have to find money on our own).
There was this item as well:
"iii) There are no current anticipated budget overruns on any BEX II or III projects."
Uh, what would you call the final price tag on Garfield?
There was also this item:
"Retro-plate concrete floors:
• JoAnn noted that retro-plate concrete, similar to the PAC gallery/lobby, is proposed for
new floor slabs in the library and art rooms. The process involves chemically hardening
and sealing the concrete, then mechanically polishing the surface.
• The design team would like to use this finish on the existing slabs in the corridors and
main common areas throughout the school, however the process may not be advised
for existing floor slabs in Nathan Hale. Further exploration is required.
• Retro-plate does not require waxing and is low maintenance.
• Retro-plate concrete is not slippery when wet, despite its polish.
• The cost is comparable to sheet linoleum.
Question: Will the retro-plate concrete be uncomfortable to stand on all day? Answer: A
drop floor mat will be provided where staff stands for long periods of time in their
Now this retro-plate concrete sounds good. It's that new look you see in a lot of restaurants/companies that is polished concrete that is so shiny it almost looks wet. It's almost dustless and is considered a "green" alternative. But, my first thought was "Standing on concrete all day teaching? How comfortable will that be?" I saw that it was done at Todd Beamer High in Federal Way but their phone system is a phone tree hell so I couldn't find a human to ask. But the fact that Hale will be giving staff mats to stand on makes me wonder. (Also, I don't know about you but I find concrete floors in restaurants to be very noisy in terms of conversation with sound bouncing all over.) It'll be an interesting experiment.
South Lake High school
Now this is an oddity. Nothing, zero, mentioned even though I believe the project is finished. The only thing you can find out is on the hotline number they have. It apparently is two-story, for 200 students, will open in the fall with a 2,000 square foot licensed day-care center. Odd that money was spent on this project and it's one of the first finished and yet, nothing.
Update (7/24) - I found this blurb in the last issue of School Beat, the district newsletter:
South Lake High School to celebrate grand opening August 28
Seattle Public Schools will celebrate the grand opening of South Lake High School on August 28. South Lake is an alternative school offering programs to students whose needs are better served in a smaller environment than a traditional comprehensive high school. When it opens next school year, the 30,000-square-foot building will have a capacity for 200 students and offer general classrooms, science labs, shared learning spaces, a parenting lab, and on-site childcare. South Lake will share the 11.4 acres of land with The New School, scheduled to open in fall 2009. The South Lake project was made possible by the 2001 voter-approved Building Excellence II levy.
South Lake High School grand opening
Thursday, August 28
South Lake High School
8601 Rainier Ave. S.
The district is continuing with calling this South Shore K-8 but it is ID'ed everywhere else as The New School. It's pretty pointless except that they don't want to be accused of building a new building for a private foundation (but that's what they pretty much did - build it according to what The New School is as a school). (The mock-up even has the building named South Shore but that's sure going to be confusing to people who drive up.) You can't clearly read the artist's renderings so it's hard to know what is up with this building.
Hamilton Middle School
There's a Q&A this week, Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lincoln High School building, (4400 Interlake Avenue North)