I was unable to attend last night.
If you did, could you let us know what was said or your impressions.
Here's the West Seattle Blog wrap-up of the meeting (complete with video). Apparently the biggest issue discussed was the merging of Arbor Heights and Roxhill and how late in the timeline their renovation would come.
Again, Arbor Heights is in the top three of worst condition buildings in our district. They want it fixed sooner rather than later. From the West Seattle Blog:
(District officials acknowledged that capacity issues are taking precedence over school-condition issues in planning of this levy.)
You could hear this as an issue at the Eckstein BEX IV meeting - "we have capacity issues."
It's a rock and hard place for BEX IV. If could have another bond, this wouldn't be as big an issue but the district can't risk losing with a 60% bar that a bond requires.
From the WS blog;
Capital projects/planning director Lucy Morello said, “If the community really doesn’t want to co-locate Roxhill and Arbor Heights, we won’t do that,” but added that no scenario has enough money to rebuild Roxhill as well as AH.
Roxhill would also be willing to move to the Hughes building if their building is too difficult to maintain.
Arbor Heights and Roxhill do not want to be pitted against each other. Also, AH has 375 students and Roxhill has 380. That is too big for one school so again, here is where boundary lines would come into play. Meaning, it is likely that Roxhill's community would break up.
But the district wants to save money and combining these schools would allegedly save money. (Clearly, not having two school staffs to pay would save money but at what cost?) AH would be filled with no room for growth. It would be very upsetting to close Roxhill only to reopen it in a couple of years.