West Seattle, Washington
If you missed Monday’s meeting, or were there but didn’t get a copy – the full PowerPoint (which we partially screengrabbed for our report) and drawings are now available here.
The link to the SPSD webpage works, but the presentation and drawings links just get me a blank page.
I just tried it and it’s working fine. I appreciate that the district responded quickly this time and actually got the info up in a timely manner.
If anyone has further trouble, let me know – district communications staffers also sent us copies of the PPT and drawings (per our request) but that was simultaneous with their posting of it on their own site, so it was easier to just link there, but I can upload here at a moment’s notice too.
Yup. Now it works. I’d been trying on multiple computers/servers since 5PM last night until my post 8AM today. Thanks-it looks great.
What should be noted from the presentation slides:
-the academic benefits make it seem like they are creating a 6-12 school and yet out loud it is “oh no, separate schools.” Which is it?
-the transportation costs for having different start times for Denny and Sealth are likely to be too high for this to be realistic (the assignment plan is changing and one reason is transportation costs)
-ask the Nurse in Sealth’s Teen Health Center about the separate centers. This issue is unclear and needs to be clear based on differing needs of middle and high school students.
-Slide 15 was interesting – so in less than 15 years, a middle school is going to cost $150M and a high school $250M? Yikes. We might not be able to afford rebuilding anything at this rate.
-Slide 35, once again, says that voters were told of a joint campus. No, the overwhelming majority of Seattle voters received only their voting guides which did NOT mention this fact. The district and Schools First made a deliberate choice to print one thing in the official voter’s guide and another in the mailing to 45,000 households. You have to ask yourself why.
Having two different start and end times, also different lunch times could prove to be a challenge not able to effectively overcome. How many parents with kids close in age will appreciate having to drop off and pick up their children at each school at significantly different enough start and end times to really make a difference? Ever notice how many Chief Sealth Students are all around campus at most any hour? Thank you.
The power point states that there will be different start times. Currently, Sealth special education students and Denny special education students ride the same buses. I thought the District was trying to save money on transportation? How much will the exra buses cost to accommodate the separate start and ending times?
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