Two more updates.
This from the Board agenda as a change to the BEX list - an addition of RBHS for seismic issues and I note the new amount is at $694.9M.
Also, below are notes from a parent who attended a meeting at Jane Addams last night. This is THEIR reading of what they heard. Anyone else attend who heard the same or different?
Here are a few details about the BEXIV bombshell delivered last night at
a meeting at Jane Addams.
District Staff present included Pegi
McEvoy, Lucy Morello, Kim Whitworth. Sharon Peaslee was also there, as
were at least two FACMAC members.
The Jane Addams K-8 community
rejected the Oct 10th proposal, because the enlarged Pinehurst building
proposed to house their program was only adequate for 2 classrooms per
grade at elementary and 3 cohorts per grade at middle school. The Jane
Addams K-8 BEX Task Force group met with District Staff on Friday, and
explained to them that the program must have 3 classrooms/cohorts per
grade, K-8, in order to fit their instructional model.
Addams K-8 program will get a brand new building on the Pinehurst site
(total building replacement). The school/program will be re-named. The
new building will be large enough to house a 3-up configuration, grades
Cost of new building: $40M
Opening date: Fall 2017
Teaching stations/classrooms: 35
(includes choir, music, and
art rooms and 2 science labs, SpEd, ELL, etc...)
Landscape to support
interation with environment
Outdoor environment to complement
Building that supports emphasis on music, the arts
In order to meet a capacity of 680,a 3rd story is
required for part of the structure. SPS will request a code variance.
Program: Option E-STEM (environmental science/STEM label), ELL,
Self-contained SpEd, Spectrum, on-site childcare.
No room for a
Jane Addams Middle School would not open
There is no intention of moving the Jane Addams K-8
program from the Jane Addams building until the new building is ready
for them in 2017.
To cope with middle school enrollment, Pegi
McEvoy said that they were looking into rolling up the new Jane Addams
Middle School in the John Marshall building prior to the availabilty of
the Jane Addams building in 2017. There was no official start date
mentioned for this roll-up process, or what schools would make up the
feeder pattern for Jane Addams Middle School.
Sharon Peaslee and
Kay Smith-Blum were credited for their advocacy of the Jane Addams K-8
program, and for pushing for the $15M increase in BEXIV in order to
accomodate adequate programming for the Jane Addams K-8.