According to the West Seattle blog, the place was packed and the district officials were caught off guard (I think happily).
I did see these tweets and updates from our friends at the West Seattle blog from the meeting (note, they have video of the entire event):
Going to be a full house at K5 STEM school info meeting
Design team will be formed for new STEM school. Online survey planned too
Now in comment period. The mentioned concept of 'business partners' has stirred some concern. Boeing, Disney have reportedly reached out. (Disney?)
Lady concerned about STEM Boren diversity. Looking around, she said, "This room looks like a Dave Matthews concert" (quote of the night)
The consensus on comments seems to be:
Doesn’t anyone have a vision for this school. Wait, wait, wait and see.
With only a few weeks until open enrollment ends.. .how is a parent to make an informed decision.
There was also a desire expressed to prevent an extreme gender imbalance at this school after a student from Highline’s Aviation High School said that school was about 70% male.
I came away both excited about the prospect of the new school, and also concerned that the district is trying to pull this all together at the last minute.
And another comment about art. A community member asked if the program might consider being STEAM (A stands for art) instead. Aurora said no plans but something design team could discuss. Here’s a link to a site discussing that I found in another forum: http://steam-notstem.com/
Open enrollment is less than two weeks away, starting February 27; Dr Libros said those who apply for this during open enrollment will find out on April 16th if they got in.
Meet-and-Greet with the new principal on March 13th.
Applications for the design team are due by March 2nd.
One interesting question:
Will this school use rigorous Singapore Math (which would be a departure from the district-wide curriculum)? The Design Team will make the decision, said Lora, and if they want it, “we will support that.”
Wait, all you need to do to get a waiver is open a new school and the design team says they want it? Should have told us sooner.