School District officials bring their BEX IV road show to Madison Middle School in West Seattle tonight. The event begins at 6:30 with introductions and their slide presentation. They also have a handout. Followed by twenty minutes of Q & A from cards, twenty minutes of Q & A from the floor, and twenty minutes of "Individual Time With Staff".
I hope to be there tonight because I have some questions
Slide 11 of the slideshow "BEX IV Capital Levy: Addressing Challenges in Every Region" says that they will use BEX IV to "Provide equitable program distribution including Accelerated Progress Program (APP), STEM, International Education, etc." How will they do this when the new Board Policy 2200, Equitable access to programs and services, puts the creation and relocation of STEM and international education programs outside district level authority?
The handout shows the intention of creating an additional 366 seats for The NOVA Project. Added to the current capacity of about 340, the school's capacity would be about 700. So I have to ask: Are there 700 students who want to enroll at NOVA? Can the NOVA model be expanded to 700? Can 700 students fit on the Mann property? What community engagement was done around this plan to more than double the enrollment at NOVA? In case you're wondering, yes it is an ADDITIONAL 366 seats. It is clearly labeled "capacity added" and the situation is analogous to Schmitz Park's move to Genesse Hill which shows capacity added of 0-149. Other reports which show the net increase in high school seats show all of the 366 seats as net additional capacity without reflecting any loss of the current capacity of NOVA at Meany.
Four years ago there was a middle school at Meany, NOVA was at Mann, and the World School was in an old elementary school close to downtown. After all of this work is done there will be a middle school at Meany, NOVA will be at Mann, and the World School will be in an old elementary school close to downtown. We will essentially be right back where we started, but the District will have disrupted three communities twice and spent over $100 million. Is anyone going to acknowledge that?
Will the District pay the full cost of moving NOVA this time or will I, once again, have half of the school stored in my basement over the summer?
The site for NOVA has been determined to be the Mann building. How did the site for NOVA get determined? What was the process for that decision?
What, for that matter, has been the process for any of the program placement decisions of the past two years?
Slide 15 shows an intention to modernize a facility for the World School in the Washington Service Area, but there is no dot on the map for the World School. On the handout is says that the site is "To Be Determined". How will that site be determined? What is the process for that decision?
Slide 15 also shows a plan for an "interim" Downtown School, but there's no dot on the map for it. How will the District determine a site for this school?
Where are the projections which show enrollment downtown? The last numbers from the District showed the expected increase in K-5 enrollment in that part of town to be about 70. Why can't Hay, Lowell, TT Minor, and Gatzert meet the demand for K-5 capacity downtown?
If there are so many children downtown, why don't we need a downtown middle or high school?
If the District is committed to placing programs where students live, then should we expect the new Thornton Creek school to be an elementary APP site? That's near a large number of elementary APP students' homes. Why wouldn't it be? Are there other children who are more entitled to a school close to their home? Why couldn't the building be shared?