Fauntleroy Schoolhouse future: District policy-change vote

At its first meeting after the big Denny/Sealth vote, the Seattle School Board has something else of West Seattle (and beyond) interest on next Wednesday’s agenda: Changes in its policy on how to deal with what the district now considers “surplus properties” no longer being used as schools. fauntleroyschool1951.jpgThe Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (1951 photo @ left), home to Fauntleroy Children’s Center among other businesses/facilities, is now on that list, and many people have been working hard to figure out how to keep the district changes from resulting in dramatic neighborhood changes. The proposed new policy is now posted online as part of the Wednesday school-board agenda (find it here), spelling out details such as the plan to end the renting of these properties at “below-market” rates and a multiyear transition in certain cases to the full charging of the new rent, while also making some provision for reduced rates at sites like this that are home to “youth education” programs. The new districtwide policy is scheduled for introduction this Wednesday and a final vote two weeks later; as always, the district takes sign-ups for public comment (on any topic, not just what’s on the agenda) starting first thing Monday morning – the online agenda explains how to sign up. Also, the Fauntleroy Community Association is scheduled to discuss the situation at its Tuesday meeting, one day before the school-board meeting; its webpage about the schoolhouse effort, including last April’s gathering, is here; West Seattle State Senator Joe McDermott briefly outlined the situation here – but of the bills he mentioned, neither one appears on this list of bills that survived the most recent cutoff before the Legislature ends its regular session this week.)

4 Replies to "Fauntleroy Schoolhouse future: District policy-change vote"

  • JanS March 9, 2008 (10:24 pm)

    this will be interesting, indeed. Not only is the Fauntleroy Children’s Center there (have a friend who works there), but Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes catering calls that home, along with the Hall at Fauntleroy.Daughter used to work there, and it’s the perfect location for them. Hope it doesn’t leave them homeless….

  • marty March 10, 2008 (4:07 pm)

    It’s about time!! I’m tired of hearing the Seattle Schools poor-mouthing and asking for levy increases when they are sitting on multi-million properties like Fauntleroy School. This is Puget sound view property that is worth a fortune! I would also bet that the present tenants are paying a fraction of market value which simply means that taxpayers are subsudizing their businesses. Enough!!

  • JanS March 10, 2008 (5:41 pm)

    so, marty…just get rid of it and put more townhomes up? Don’t we have enough of that now? Doesn’t anyone have a sense of keeping history, classic around anymore? Geez….

  • marty March 10, 2008 (6:06 pm)

    At least get market value for the rentals. The folks who own the Hall at Fauntleroy business are getting top dollar for wedding receptions and should pay top dollar for the facility. Please, no more townhomes!! I personally would like to see the school remain, I am a graduate. I was inside the building recently and it stil smells like it did in 1960! The western part of the property that once was a playground could easily be separated into lots for single family homes. It just doesn’t make sense to manage it the way it has been when the school district needs cash.

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