South Shore Building Closed for Rest of Year
Students and teachers will finish out the year in one or more alternative locations, which have yet to be determined. They will be out of school for at least a week while the district figures out where to put them.
The decision to close the school, made Friday evening, followed an effort earlier in the day by some parents and teachers to move classes outside Monday as a one-day protest.
The school's parent-teacher association sent home a flier Friday telling parents to send their children to school in warm clothes on Monday, and asking for people to lend tarps and other equipment.
What a disaster for this school - losing a week and possibly moving to one or more locations. (My thought might be to move them to John Marshall. Boren is being used already down in SW Seattle. Rainier View is too small and being remodeled anyway. Maybe they could co-house with Rainier Beach HS even though it would be a huge challenge but it is right there in that neighborhood. They did it at Summit.)
In my experience the district cannot get the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) right in these new schools. Roosevelt had problems from the get go (but not health problems but hot and cold spots throughout the building which took so long to fix the warranty ran out).
As a new school, South Shore was built according to Washington Sustainable Schools protocol. Its carpet and other materials are supposed to give off low levels of fumes, a problem known as outgassing.
The district has conducted dozens of tests since January, when a teacher and some students in his classes first complained of odor, itchy eyes, headaches and nausea. Officials first thought the issue was limited to one room, but additional tests picked up higher levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in other rooms, too. Officials are focusing on the flooring, because that's where the highest concentrations of VOCs show up, and where the odor is strongest.Many at the comments section after the Times article think it is hysteria. I doubt it. This has been on-going off and on for months. Charlie did a great job there in pointing out what was left out of this article like the rush to finish this project by having construction done using overtime work, like South Shore is the only school that receives a large amount of money from a private foundation as part of its budget, that it's where Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's child attends, etc. It is background information about the school but you never see it in any story about South Shore.
Feeling curious? Here are some of the people listed on the South Shore project and their area of responsibility:
Don Gillmore, Program Manager (SPS) - 252-0647, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Newsham, Project Manager, Heery Int'l, 587-0473, email@example.com
Shawn Wolfe, Manager (Hazardous Material Consultant), Bureau Veritas, 763-7364, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Roote, Senior Planner, (Environmental Consultant), Adolfson Associates, 789-9558, email@example.com
Now I know when I call these people on Monday, I'm sure they will all be willing to give me their professional opinion. Not going to happen but it never hurts to ask.