Seattle Public Schools updates school construction options
Public offers feedback on 2013 BEX IV options
To meet the School District’s growing enrollment, Seattle Public Schools is considering several options for its 2013 Building Excellence (BEX IV) capital levy. After gathering feedback from the public during three community meetings and in an online comment form, the District has updated recommendations. The latest version is online at http://bit.ly/SPSBEX.
Feedback from public comments shows respondents generally preferred the list of projects in Option 2. This information was collected from attendees at public meetings and in an online form.
“This is still a work in process. We are collaborating with our Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee (FACMAC) and our other program advisory groups and we are continuing to develop scenarios that meet our District’s enrollment growth, while maximizing upgrades our schools,” said Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent for Operations. “We expect to make refinements to these latest options and will have another round of public meetings in September.
The School Board will vote on the final set of levy projects in October. The levy will go before Seattle voters in February 2013.
SUMMARY of BEX IV Planning: Community Input and Feedback - April 2012
• 43 percent of respondents preferred the list of projects included in Option 2
• 38 percent of respondents preferred Option 3
• 19 percent of respondents preferred Option 1
Eckstein Community Meeting - April 3
• 125 respondents suggested that APP have a permanent home north of the Ship Canal
• 17 respondents suggested "no" to a South Lake Union school
• 13 respondents suggested a permanent home for World School, but only at the Meany building
• 14 respondents suggested that Jane Addams be kept as a K-8 school
Denny Community Meeting – April 5
• 16 respondents suggested Arbor Heights be rebuilt and to move up the timeline because the school is in poor condition
• 21 respondents suggested Arbor Heights and Roxhill not be co-located separately. No merger to maintain a sense of individual communities
Mercer Community Meeting – April 10
• 12 respondents suggested placement of Queen Anne Elementary on Option 1
• 14 respondents suggested there not be a school built at South Lake Union
Online Responses – through April 22
• 120 respondents suggested that the APP program be given a permanent home north of the Ship Canal
• 25 respondents suggested the remodel of John Rogers Elementary
• 32 respondents suggested that Queen Anne be added to Option 1
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