On Monday, Dr. Enfield said: “deciding whether to create a stand-alone
school for APP students or to house the program in multiple sites with
existing neighborhood schools is a big decision, and not one I take
lightly. Given our upcoming change in leadership, it is also not a
decision that I would be here to defend. I am asking that incoming
Superintendent José Banda work together with staff and the community on
how to move forward with both program placement and capacity.” Read letter
from Dr. Enfield to Lowell at Lincoln families.
For the 2012-13 school year, the District will:
• Separate the two Lowell schools. The Lincoln site will now be “APP at
Lincoln,” much like our other programs housed at interim sites, such as
K-5 STEM at Boren. This means that Rina Geoghagan and Gregory King will
no longer be co-principals, but instead serve as principals of their own
buildings. The two schools will also have a separate budget structure.
• Keep APP at Lincoln for the next two school years. Given our capacity
issues in the north end of Seattle, we will house the program at Lincoln
for the next two years. This gives District staff time to continue
working on the larger picture of program placement and capacity.
So now the two schools are separate and that's done. My perception is that Lowell at Lincoln community wanted this; I do not know about the feelings of the Lowell building community.
I'm sure in some ways this is a bit comfort for the Lowell at Lincoln community, at least having this decision but then whatever change there is, it still looms ahead.
I would think that now would be a good time to advocate to Superintendent Banda on what that community wants. He is going to have to make some decisions based on BEX IV. Frankly, I think the Lowell at Lincoln community may be in a good place to say, "this is what we want" to him because he doesn't want to make a misstep early on.
Also, Lowell at Lincoln - I could think about a new name. You have shed the building and are now "legally" split from them so it seems like a good time to have a real identity. (It might help keep your community together if you have a new name - harder for the district to split you up in two years if you have been operating as a community under a new name.)
Still no word on King; I wonder why anyone told the Detroit
newspaper about him being a principal in that city. The word had to
come from him or Goodloe-Johnson; they didn't just pull his name out of