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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Seattle Schools Growth Boundaries Project

 I would bookmark this SSCF page as it has a lot of boundary dates/meetings noted.

Thanks to reader Kim for alerting me to this page

Tracy Libros told the Board about this last night.  She updated the Board on this work including:

- Growth Boundaries website
- Work Session on this work next Tuesday the 25th from 4:30-6:30 pm.*
- They are developing FAQs for this work
- the Walk the Boundaries project is being worked on with help from parent volunteers (good for you, Tracy, for reaching out to willing parents)
- They have a consultant working on Seattle housing changes to assist with projections.
- Email comments to: GrowthBoundaries@seattleschools.org.
   (Please put your school or topic in the subject line.)

* There is also a Community Meeting on the Wilson-Pacific BEX IV projects that night at the Wilson-Pacific Seamat Center, 1330 N. 90th St. from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (it will go later if there are enough community questions).  

District's Timeline for Community Engagement

Let’s Talk!

These are informal meetings where families and community members can come by to make suggestions, ask questions, discuss issues and concerns,etc. There is no formal presentation, since the discussion is guided by the interests and concerns of participants. We held several meetings like this during development of the New Student Assignment Plan, and they were well-received. This format provides opportunities for stakeholders and staff to interact and explore topics in greater depth than may be possible at larger meetings. (This series of meetings will be held at JSCEE.)

Thursday, June 27     10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon   Room 2700

Thursday, July 25       7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.      Room 2750

Saturday, August 17   1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.     Room 2750

Technical Meeting

This informational meeting was requested by FACMAC (the Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee)* and is also open to any others interested in the more technical issues of boundary work.
Information will be provided about assumptions and methodology in developing the Growth Boundaries.

Tuesday, July 9 
   11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.        Room 2750

* I note that at the Executive Ctm meeting on April 10, 2013, it was noted that FACMAC, like other district committees, will be rotating members in and out and "a new group is expected to be formed" with the new Superintendent procedure on committees/taskforces.  Since the Advanced Learning Taskforce was committed to two years (as is FACMAC), I would expect both would be reconstituted but don't know when.

Community Meetings

This series of meetings is scheduled to provide community input on proposed Growth Boundaries. The proposed boundary maps will be reviewed at a Board Work Session on September 17. Community engagement meetings (September 23 –October 1) will occur before the proposed boundaries are introduced at the October 16 board meeting. There will then be additional time for community input before Board action on November 20.

September 23
, 6:30–8 p.m.            Mercer Middle School Lunchroom
1600 South Columbian Way

September 24
, 6:30–8 p.m.           Nathan Hale High School Commons
10750 30th Avenue NE

September 25, 6:30–8 p.m.           West Seattle High School Commons
3000 California Ave SW

September 30,
6:30–8 p.m.           Meany Building Lunchroom
300 20th Ave. E

October 1,
6:30–8 p.m.                 Ballard High School Commons
1418 NW 65th Street

3 comments:

Charlie Mas said...

The work is coming out of sequence because the superintendent and staff have missed two deadlines for setting the program placement procedure and still won't have it done in time for the decisions about attendance area boundaries.

So the boundaries will be set before the program placement decisions. Then any school that gets a program will be overcrowded.

n said...

Whittier is bursting at the seams and sits on a small footprint. Greenwood has a huge footprint and could have been built to accommodate almost any program they could inherit. Why no forward thinking when building schools and using land space wisely for future needs? I remember when the Spectrum program moved from West Woodland to Whittier which was limited already by its small footprint of land. Perhaps there is a reason why Greenwood could not have accommodated Spectrum but it all seems to me as if there is no forward thinking in the District. Everything is short term. This is no hind-sight for me. I wondered back when the round of remodeling and building was going on in 98-99 why thought wasn't given to some of these issues in the north end schools.

Melissa Westbrook said...

N, I would agree. I've wondered about that forward thinking in building for years.

I think they are making a huge mistake with Cedar Park, for example.