I am, frankly, confused on one issue (just one? for purposes of this discussion, just this one) about this round of closures. We had a couple of mergers in the last round (Viewlands/Broadview-Thompson and High Point/Fairmount Park). (There was also TT Minor and MLK but that was worked out by principals and not the communities themselves.) I'd have to ask at these schools how that worked out. High Point and Fairmount Park got a new name - West Seattle Elementary - and so they may have forged a new joint identity. I know that Broadview-Thompson has retained its name.
I haven't heard the word "mergers" used a lot this time around and although there's a lot of movement of different groups of students around, it doesn't sound like schools are merging.
Carla Santorno muddied the waters by saying at the last Board meeting, when she was explaining these program design teams, that schools would bring parts of their own identities and they would join the new schools, blah, blah.
So is every school that is accepting a large group of students going to be renamed? Is it a merging of identities or does the accepting school become the de facto identity for all?
As we stated in the last round of closures, staff is really important to kids. Some of the people kids trust the most can be found in the office or in the lunchroom or in the gym. Will staffs merge so that the new kids can find a familiar face to make them feel comfortable? Is there room for discussion of maybe choosing a new joint mascot for the school or new colors - something that could be the first joint decision that unifies a community?
I know that these are all details but frankly, the district could, at the outset, make it clear what is happening. Are these mergers or absorptions?