Thursday, December 01, 2011

Needed Elementary Capacity in West Seattle


Issue #2: The urgent need for additional elementary capacity in West Seattle.

Possible Solution A: Two new elementary schools eventually located at Fairmount Park and at the Denny site. The programs will meet at the Boren site until the buildings are ready. I, personally, think this is the best path.

Possible Solution B: Two new elementary schools eventually located at Fairmount Park or Genesee Hill or E.C. Hughes or the Denny site. The programs will meet at the Boren site until the buildings are ready. I, personally, think this is the best path.

Important variations: The two new schools in West Seattle may not necessarily be attendance area schools. They could be option schools and they could host a variety of programs including Spectrum, language immersion, Montessori, an alternative pedagogy, or a conventional pedagogy. I, personally, think it would be best if both of the new schools used option enrollment and had language immersion and Spectrum in one building and Montessori and Spectrum in the other building. This would end the conflict between Spectrum and neighborhood enrollment in attendance area schools. It would also provide equitable access to language immersion or Montessori.

Possible Solution C: What suggestion do you have?

5 comments:

wsnorth said...
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wsnorth said...

...of course they just bulldozed YES bulldozed a perfectly serviceable school. Neither of these options will help much, as the main issue is in the "North" part of West Seattle. It is so simple, the Delridge neighborhood needs its school back. Open it at Boren and leave it there. It could be 50% neighborhood and 50% option. DONE. EASY.

Anonymous said...

Sure thing, and I say put Pathfinder at Boren and give Cooper its new building back.

Get it, got it, Good.

Anonymous said...

GetIt: That actually makes the most sense, and would centrally locate Pathfinder better than it is now, as well as fill the growing need for a neighborhood school in North Delridge, one of the fastest growing parts of the City, which of course, the last Board ignored.

Pathfinder folks would not be happy, but, in the long run, option programs are supposed to be centrally located and Boren is plainly more central than Cooper. WSDWG

wsnorth said...

This is such an easy, obvious, and equitable solution (in one variation or another). I suppose that is why they WON'T do it!?