The District Staff has recommended to the Board a short-term capacity management plan for West Seattle that calls for a fleet of portables and a new option school located (at least at first) at Boren.
The community is calling for a new neighborhood school located in West Seattle, not an option school.
The staff says that they prefer an option school because they can see that they are going to have to change the attendance area boundaries, but they are going to do it next year, not this year, and they only want to do it once. All of these boundaries, they explain, are seriously interconnected.
That sounds pretty reasonable, until you remember that West Seattle is on a peninsula and is completely dis-connected from the rest of the District. The District can change the West Seattle attendance area boundaries this year and change the boundaries for the rest of the district next year. There won't be any problem caused by the inter-connectedness of the boundaries because they are not, in fact, interconnected.
The District can go ahead and house the new school, temporarily, at Boren while the long-term site is made ready. But let's go ahead and name the long-term site and draw boundaries for it without further delay.
Oh, and if you want to make it a STEM school, that's fine. The program in the building has nothing to do with whether it is a neighborhood school or an option school.