West Seattle schools: Followups from Sanislo, K-5 STEM @ Boren

September 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm | In Delridge, Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 11 Comments

Two quick followups, shared by community members:

That’s the brand-new slide at Sanislo Elementary, in a photo shared by Lynette Jeung from the Sanislo PTA. Vandals blew up the left side on the 4th of July, as we reported the next day; the district metal shop confirmed to the PTA about three weeks later that it would make a replacement, and Lynette tells WSB, “Needless to say, the kids are enjoying having their slide back. We appreciate everyone’s support and concern during this time.”

Next, a police car on Delridge means good news for the new opened K-5 STEM at Boren:

As reported here earlier this month, there are “School Zone 20 mph” signs along Delridge Way SW by the school, but no flashing “school zone” beacons, and parents have been standing out in front of the school with signs of their own to try to convince passing drivers to slow down. So today, according to April, who shared the photo, the Aggressive Driver Response Team came out to add some extra muscle.


  1. Thank goodness. People are driving crazy fast when I pick my son. Some blonde lady in a smart car even passed people obeying the speed limit in the middle lane earlier this month.

    Comment by Bill — 5:30 pm September 26, 2012 #

  2. yay for the sanislo slide!!

    Comment by hipster — 6:06 pm September 26, 2012 #

  3. What Bill just said. So much for the police car…
    This morning a guy in a silver Kia passed the other cars in the middle lane exactly in front o the school. Oh, so that he can get faster to the 7-11 one block north of the school.

    Comment by Alex — 6:22 pm September 26, 2012 #

  4. I think you’ll see much more turn lane passing with the new bus curb bulbs. Especially when they are securing bikes or wheelchairs.

    Comment by Rick — 6:23 pm September 26, 2012 #

  5. I have been saying for 3 years, that the turn lanes are NOT passing lanes, and I get passed at least 2 times a week on Delridge. It would be nice to have a week of cops “hidden” on the side of the roads….

    Comment by coffee — 7:45 pm September 26, 2012 #

  6. Dedicated, curbed turn lanes would solve that problem. But I’m not going to hold my horses on that one…

    Comment by Bill — 8:37 pm September 26, 2012 #

  7. I like what you’re doing over there Boren parents. But can you please make sure that the folks with signs aren’t impeding traffic? Last time I drove by there was someone with a sign standing in the turn lane with their feet out in the lane of traffic. Thanks!

    Comment by Cait — 11:22 pm September 26, 2012 #

  8. @Cait
    We’re doing our best. Let’s face it, we shouldn’t have to do this. I was so happy to see the police there today! I agree, a whole week of police presence should drive the point home.

    Comment by Brontosaurus — 1:36 am September 27, 2012 #

  9. At about 9:30 this morning a police officer had at least one car pulled over at the south end of the K5 STEM school zone. Thanks for your support SPD!

    Comment by MercyMoi — 10:48 am September 27, 2012 #

  10. At 9:30 this morning a police officer had at least one person pulled over in the south end of the K-5 STEM school zone. Thanks for your support SPD!

    Comment by MercyMoi — 10:52 am September 27, 2012 #

  11. While I completely appreciate the concern of parents, this is largely the fault of the city for failing to place flashing school zone lights to let drivers know that the speed limit is in effect. Most drivers are simply confused. Because the school has been inconsistently open for business the last few years also contributes to the problem. Then you have frustrated drivers tailgating who aren’t aware the speed limit is in effect, which pressures other drivers to drive faster who may themselves be unsure of whether the speed limit is in effect. “20 MPH when children are present” is too ambiguous – many drivers (myself included) have no idea what that means. Instead of turning this into a speed trap for the cops, THEY SHOULD HAVE FLASHING SCHOOL ZONE SIGNS during the times of day when “children are present”! I guarantee that would vastly reduce the problem.

    Comment by iyyy69 — 2:48 pm September 27, 2012 #

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