It's odd because one page is labeled "Development of Recommended Options" and lists input from FACMAC but clearly FACMAC's recommendations are not part of this presentation because they aren't even out yet.
Okay, wait a minute. Page 8 DOES have FACMAC recommendations. Confusing. I do not see any link to the complete FACMAC recommendations.
Under Community Feedback:
- mixed support for repurposing PCP spaces
- portables? A surprising amount of support
- move grade cohorts? largely not supported
- maintaining transportation grandfathering? Mostly supported but I think this is a complete sell job to the Board and public without full information on numbers of students at each school and costs.
- provide portables for Schmitz Park
- open Fairmount Park as neighborhood school (2014-2015)
- Consider K-5 STEM at Hughes when available. (I agree with this one. The private school there has been a good steward of the property but the district needs it back.)
- Minor boundary change from Hay to Lowell (I see a lot of unhappiness from some Hay parents over this one)
- Madrona K-8 change to K-5 (yes and finally); boundary adjustment from Leschi and Gatzert (2017-2018)
- Divide Eckstein geographically into North Annex at Jane Addams and South Annex at Eckstein (2013-2014) - both 6-8. I'm okay with this SHORT-TERM but the district needs to be developing another middle school and not two Ecksteins.
- Relocate Jane Addams to John Marshall for 2013-2014. I feel sad about this because they will then again get moved. Two moves for an Option school (and a new one at that) is NOT good.
- Develop solutions to accommodate all projected grade 6-8 students in Hamilton building. A real punt here by FACMAC and I suspect because of disagreements over what to do or what can be done. APP - don't let anyone shove you around. If there is to be movement to Lincoln, it needs to be by department or grade level.
- Develop interim site for Olympic Hills at Cedar Park or other appropriate location. This use of Cedar Park was brought up by some residents as there is an established arts program in that building and they created a neighborhood park out of the playground. That is hard to undo but I don't see how the district has any other choice.
- Jane Addams program enhancements for middle school. I assume this is to beef up their middle school program to look more "comprehensive." Problem is there is no real proof the district will follow thru AND it's for a program that is now going to move twice over a couple of years. Seems too little too late.
- 6th Grade Academy at John Marshall. I have no idea who this is for or what it is to address.
So page 13 starts what I assume are Staff recommendations. It's a lot of portables and repurposing of classrooms.
They are NOT recommending moving the kindergarten from Highland Park or West Seattle Elementary or Schmitz Park to Boren.
They seem to NOT concur with FACMAC on a boundary change for Hay to Lowell for next year.
They do not concur with FACMAC's rec to change Madrona K-8 to K-5 until Meany reopens.
They do not concur with FACMAC's rec to move Jane Addams K-8 to John Marshall as interim location.
They do recommend moving 6th grade students to John Marshall (if needed). The entire 6th grade at Hamilton to John Marshall? Interesting. OR "alternative scheduling options" - do I see double shifts in Hamilton's future? They are NOT recommending keeping next year's APP 6th graders at Lincoln.
I see "alternative scheduling options"for Eckstein. Again, double shifts? They recommend locating Eckstein's 6th grade at John Marshall (if needed). But NOT dividing up Eckstein into annexes.
For high schools, I had to laugh. "Reduce number of Open Choice seats in alignment with new program capacity." Oh c'mon, give this idea up of Open Choice seats. It was a non-starter (and a joke) from the beginning and has almost no meaning (or hope) now. Just poke it with a fork and call it done.
I also love under Garfield "fully utilize room availability." Are they saying that Garfield has empty or rooms that are under-utilized? I find that hard to believe due to its popularity.
I end by saying I found it difficult to figure out what was a recommendation and what was an option in this presentation. I foresee a LOT of questions from the Board.