Where Should New Schools Be Built?
A group of parents are forming a grass-roots campaign to have the Fort Lawton re-development project in Magnolia become a new STEAM (science and environment, technology, engineering, arts, math) middle school or a magnet STEAM high school instead of building homes for the homeless. This new plan would serve the entire city with an attendance area drawing from students in the Magnolia/Queen Anne cluster.
The property already has all the modern updated classroom-ready facilities, gym, cafeteria, conference rooms, vault, huge parking areas and multiple outbuildings for specialty education. Education staff conference lounge, counseling areas, library and other functions of a fully operational school are all in place. Five separate parking lots provide ample room for staff and student parking.
The buildings can be transferred to the school district at no cost. The city’s scoping period for this re-development project ends at 5:00 PM on June 26th so the timing is imminent.There seems to be some confusion over whether the site could be used for housing the homeless but I think the overall point is why use BEX V dollars for a new downtown high school if there are more important uses for those funds.
Please submit public comment asking for a school to be added as an alternative development plan for Fort Lawton and that it be added to the Environmental Impact Statement.
Please sign and share the change.org petition, write to your city council member, Seattle Public School officials and Board Members and indicate that a school option should be added to the Environmental Impact Statement-- see emails below!
• Please sign this petition
• Please email the office of housing, city council members, and school board members
To learn more about the scope of the redevelopment plan and ideas, please follow these links:
I'm not seeing a real vision from Capital Facilities about school locations and it's worrisome.