Interagency was never at Lincoln. The student incident with the plastic knife was a Sped student that is part of a Sped program based there.
Also, the info in italics is from a widely-sent e-mail and included the information about Ms. Powdlodowski.
End of update
The district plans to move Interagency from its somewhat secret location (until the recent incident with one of its students and a plastic knife) at Lincoln to across the street from John Hay Elementary. Story from Queen Anne View.
There is a online petition against the placement of Interagency across from John Hay Elementary. The authors of the petition are Christina Economou, Janelle Fowler and Carmen Hagios. Some feel the district is trying to "sneak" the program into their area. Here are some of their reasons:
- A high school that serves 10-80 kids up to 22 years old that are recovering drug and alcohol addicts should not be located near an elementary school.
- It is also not an appropriate use of a building in a predominantly single family neighborhood
- John Hay Elementary is overcrowded and could be using the space.
- The space could possibly be used for a small specialized high school.
- This decision was made without any transparency from SPS.
- This also impacts property values for residents in the blocks around the school. A realtor has already told me that.
I just wrote about that "circle of life" in the district? Here's another example (albeit somewhat different than my Nutrition Services example).
I appreciate and understand the reasons given by the John Hay community. They absolutely should stand up for what they believe. (I note that the majority comment at the petition is "we support the services Interagency does, we just don't want it located here.)
I will gently point out that this has been the concern for Lincoln as well. They have multiple programs with young children in the building.
When you do not stand up for one school community, then you might not get the support you need when something comes to affect your own.
"Not my problem" can become YOUR problem.
One interesting facet to this particular issue is that Tina Powdlodowski, a rather heavy hitter in Seattle, is standing with the John Hay community. Powdlodowski came out of Microsoft, sat on the City Council for four years, has served as CEO for several non-profits, was the co-chair for I-594 and was, briefly, a senior advisor for Mayor Murray.