I recently wrote to the Board with some of the bigger ideas that I have heard here and percolated up from the Growth Boundary meetings. Here's what I told them about Wilson-Pacific:
What I hear from parents is that they do NOT want to share their
valuable neighborhood space with any program if they don't have to. APP
is NOT a beloved program and it will not be welcomed with open arms
anywhere in the N/NE. Why set up a situation like that especially if it
may end up that the program might need to be exited?
believe the right course is to leave APP elementary North at Lincoln.
Permanently. (Clearly, not the whole building but it sets up great
possibilities.) You could even have an APP 1-8 there and believe me, it
would make many people (pro and con APP) happy.
But what about
Lincoln as a high school? Look, it is really close to Roosevelt
already, has virtually no field space and needs massive updates.
the solution looks to be that Wilson-Pacific site - with its huge
fields - becomes a middle school and next to that, a high school. It's a
more central location for a high school and the room is there.
Then, I see this idea from Kate Martin:
Seattle Public Schools is going to need another high school. It would be great to build on the Licton Springs Community Schools campus concept and grab the North Precinct SPD facility as they are now planning a move up onto Aurora. Adjacency of a high school to the community college and to the elementary and middle schools planned for the Wilson Pacific site would be fantastic.
I have to say - there's a thought. A high school right next to a community college.
I know what you're thinking - how could the district buy this? With what money? Well, since it is City property and we're talking a school, I think the right deal could be set up (maybe with state money) and it could happen.