Next Tuesday, Seattle Public Schools leaders are scheduled to present their proposal for the next round of school closures. We’re watching this closely because South and West Seattle have the most likelihood of finding schools on this list, since the north end has been dealing with overcrowding, but these areas have not. We don’t know yet if a media briefing is planned earlier that day, but we do know the recommendations will be formally presented to the School Board at a 6 pm workshop at District HQ, and whichever buildings are scheduled for closure will get on-site public hearings during the week of 12/15. Before that, the district has just announced two “workshops” 12/4 and 12/6 to discuss the recommendations before those hearings – read on for full details:
Here’s the full text of the news release just sent out by SPS:
In order to strengthen academic programs across Seattle Public Schools and protect its long-term financial health, the District must consider building closure as it implements its Strategic Plan, Excellence for All. As part of our engagement process, the community is invited to two consultative workshops on December 4 and 6 to discuss preliminary recommendations. Details of these workshops are listed below.
Preliminary recommendations will be presented at a School Board workshop at 6:00 p.m., November 25 at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence. A report will also be posted to our Web site. The workshop will be videotaped for later streaming on the Seattle Public Schools Web site.
The purpose of the community workshops is to consult with the public, present information and listen to concerns and ideas. A number of recent studies have urged Seattle Public Schools to balance its capacity, both in terms of overall excess capacity as well as geographic location. Interpreters will be present at the workshops in the following languages: Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna and Vietnamese.
Dates, Times and Locations:
Thursday, December 4th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, Auditorium
2445 – 3rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington
Saturday, December 6th, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Filipino Community Center, Main Ballroom
5740 Martin Luther King Way, Seattle, Washington
Public hearings will be held at buildings proposed for closure on Monday, December 15, Tuesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 18. Times and locations will be advertised and posted on our Web site.