West Seattle school-closure fight: Online petition drive

Next Tuesday, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson is scheduled to announce her “final recommendations” for which school programs and buildings should be closed in the current closure process; a final round of meetings and hearings will ensue, with a final School Board vote projected on Jan. 29. As previously reported, the current form of the proposal calls for closing the Genesee Hill Elementary building (shown at left) that’s housed Pathfinder K-8 for more than a decade, and closing the Cooper Elementary School “program” — dispersing its students to other West Seattle elementaries — so Pathfinder can move into that building (shown at right). This morning, we’ve received word of a new online petition drive opposing all proposed closures citywide (latest full list here). To see the petition (with a “signature” option for anyone interested), go here. To send your thoughts on the proposed closures/changes (or any other SPS-related topic) directly to the School Board, which has the final say, e-mail schoolboard@seattleschools.org (individual members’ info is here). The district’s official info page for the closure process is here; archived WSB coverage (newest to oldest) is here. ADDED 11:29 AM: Thanks to Forest for reminding us of something we should have added: The school district computer system is going down for major maintenance/power-supply upgrade starting at 5 pm tonight. The full notice is published at saveseattleschools.blogspot.com; it says the closure-info pages will be available elsewhere via a redirect, but e-mail to district addresses will not be delivered between Friday night and Monday morning.

3 Replies to "West Seattle school-closure fight: Online petition drive"

  • GenHillOne January 2, 2009 (4:55 pm)

    Is saveseattleschools (blog) sponsoring the online petition or is that a coincidence? It was the only name I could find on the petition.

  • Beth Bakeman January 2, 2009 (5:18 pm)

    No. According to the blurb at the bottom of the petition, it “was created by Educators Students & Parents for a Better Vision of Seattle Schools and written by Andre Helmstetter (clickfiend@mac.com).” But we have posted news of the petition and a link on our blog.

  • WSB January 2, 2009 (6:33 pm)

    Andre is also who sent it to us, fwiw. The group name is the same that sponsored a citywide anti-closure meeting on Monday:

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