School-closure recommendation list just weeks away

Seattle Public Schools has gone public tonight with its timeline for a new round of school closures; the proposed list of buildings to be closed will be released two days before Thanksgiving:

• November 12: School Board meeting, vote on motion to amend policy on notice for public hearings
• November 25: Superintendent’s preliminary recommendation
• December 3: School Board meeting – discussion of recommendation
• December 15, 16, 18: Public hearings at affected buildings
• December 17: School Board meeting
• January 6: Superintendent’s final recommendation
• January 7: Recommendation introduced at School Board meeting
• January 21: School Board meeting
• January 22: Final public hearing
• January 29: Board vote on recommendation

No specific schools anywhere in the city have been listed as likely candidates for closure so far, but West Seattleites are watching particularly warily for reasons including the fact the north end is struggling with overcrowding, and the fact a district manager has mentioned at meetings regarding the Denny Middle School site’s future that an elementary school might be built on that site in the future, as a replacement for “three closures.” Meantime, the news release in which this timeline is laid out also invites public comment on “capacity management,” which includes forthcoming closure proposals — e-mail Also: For more context, including some interpretation from citywide PTSA leaders, check out this post on the always-excellent site.

2 Replies to "School-closure recommendation list just weeks away"

  • Eric B November 7, 2008 (11:28 pm)

    I encourage folks to write to the school board and let them know if you support their changing of the public input policy so that they can avoid timely notice of the public hearings. Why is the District trying to avoid/minimize civic engagement?

  • Charlie Mas November 17, 2008 (10:20 am)

    There is no particularly evil intent behind the change in public notice for closures. The District just has to change the policy so they can actually take action on these closures prior to the open enrollment period. It is an effort to make the District a little more nimble.

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