First, a quick thanks to Beth Bakeman for allowing me to join the Seattle Public Schools community blog. As I mentioned over on my recently-shuttered Chalkboard blog (aren’t closures all the rage these days?), I’m excited to join a vibrant online community focused on our schools.
When it comes to Thornton Creek’s proposed move to the Jane Addams building, ends up we can’t trust the ground beneath our feet.
Or rather, the ground poses a snarl for the possible move.
I learned at a school meeting last night that the Decatur building (Thornton Creek’s current home) and Jane Addams building (
According to Thornton Creek’s principal, in order for the district to replace the floors, staff will have about 24 hours from that last dismissal bell to vacate the building for the summer. And because Jane Addams is getting a floor makeover, too, it means that theoretically, Thornton Creek won’t be able to access that building until the third week of August.
Talk about hitting the ground (shiny! brand-spanking-new!) running with a newly-expanded program to include middle school. And if
I imagine many similar wrinkles exist in the proposed school juggles. Seemingly little things that have the potential to derail the best intentions (unless those design teams have hovercraft-powered vehicles to use for building planning and moving). Of course, those new floors could be delayed by a year…or ten.
The closure/consolidation timeline doesn’t offer much room for error. There’s been a lot of talk about the big picture problems around the proposed plan, but what about the smaller stuff? What kinks do you see in the plan?