There is a historical trend by Seattle Public Schools whereby the administration forces change on a community and eases the change - or supresses dissent - with promises of mitigation. Then, when the time comes, the District fails/refuses to fulfill those promises. This has been played out countless times.
The District gets what they want right now in exchange for what the community wants some time down the road, then the District doesn't actually come through with what the community wants, but the community has no recourse.
We are seeing this story again with the current round of closures. Communities are raising a lot of concerns - legitimate concerns. The District is answering those concerns with promises. We need to document those promises and we need to put some meaning into them.
How? The only promises from the District that count - that are in any way enforcable - are things the Board resolves. So the language of the Board resolution to approve the closures and consolidations should include the promises that the administration is making to communities. While this does not guarantee that the administration won't rescind the promises in the future, it does make it more difficult for them to do so. It certainly requires them to acknowledge that they are doing so.
Please contact the members of the Board and ask them to include specific language in the resolution that documents and mandates the promises the administration is making to these school communities. This would include promises to address specific concerns through "design teams". We - the communities impacted by these closures - need accountability and having the promises included in the Board resolution is the only way we can get it.