5:58 PM: Another of this week’s major meetings is Thursday, when community members are invited to Roxhill Elementary to find out about the “programs and services” that will be moving into the building after the elementary students move to EC Hughes. After we received and published the announcement last week, we asked Seattle Public Schools for more details. That request has gone unfulfilled to date – but we just found some information while checking the most recent Superintendent’s Friday Memo on the district website, something we don’t read as often as we should: “Interagency at Youngstown, BRIDGES and other special education services will move in to Roxhill building thanks to BEX IV.” Interagency Academy (also mentioned by a commenter) is, as described on the district website, a “network of small, alternative high schools spread out across Seattle designed to support students who need different supports than comprehensive schools offer.” The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center site is one of 11 locations. BRIDGES is short for Building Real-life Independent Daily Living and Gainful Employment Skills, according to its SPS page. It’s described as “designed for young adults with disabilities ages 18-21 who continue to need special education services outside of a 9th-12th grade setting/curriculum in order to meet their own unique post-secondary transition goals.” We’ll find out more at Thursday’s meeting (6 pm June 7th, Roxhill library, 9430 30th SW).
ADDED 9:19 AM: We finally got a district response this morning, from associate superintendent Michael Tolley, who adds some context for some of these programs moving:
This fall, construction to build a new Wing Luke Elementary (WLE) school on its current site will begin. While under construction, WLE will be temporarily housed at Original Van Asselt (OVA). Therefore, all of the programs and services currently located at OVA will be moved to other buildings throughout the district, including the Roxhill building. Multiple Special Education services, including BRIDGES and In Tandem, will move from OVA to Roxhill. The Interagency programs currently at the Youngstown Cultural Art Center will also move into Roxhill.