It fell off my radar that there was a meeting at Wilson-Pacific last night (I believe it was a SEPA meeting). Did anyone attend and if so, could you describe the discussion? Reports here.
In a related story, here's what was said at last week's Operations Committee meeting where there was some discussion about Wilson-Pacific.
- there were schematics of the buildings. It was an odd discussion because a few Board members did not seem to know how to "look" at the drawings. Stephan Blanford asked if the area was a "small envelope" and there was silence because clearly, this is a huge area of land.
The person describing the drawings didn't bring a laser pin so it was difficult to always know what section she was describing. (Luckily, Capital staff person, Lucy Morello, had one and lent it to her.) It's just one of those small things that seems less-than-professional and makes you wonder.
- per the elementary - the buses will be on Wallingford. They said - but this was unclear to me - that they would never have to use "city sidewalks." I don't know if this means the district owns the whole block. The building will be 2-stories.
- they mentioned the spaces for outdoor learning/gardens - no discussion from Committee members
- the middle school is a 3-story building. There is a stage in the gym which will serve as their "auditorium." I think this is pretty terrible for a middle school that wants to have music or drama. The sound in a gym is usually horrible and just having a stage doesn't really make it a real area for performances. I think this is okay for an elementary but not a middle school.
- the K-8 will have a closer drop-off area for its facilities which are mostly grouped in one corner of the building and a few rooms on the 2nd floor. They are trying to figure out how to give them PCP, dining and library time. There will be an internal staircase just for the K-8.
- there will be an engineering/CTE classroom in the middle school and two music rooms
- there was a question about the "amphitheater" which staff tried to play down. It was stated that it was done to "save money" because they would need to grade that area anyway and, as well, it was just a platform with some informal seating. They said it really was not part of any plan and is now an indoor space.