WEST SEATTLE SCHOOLS: Feedback time for new illuminated sign planned for Louisa Boren STEM K-8

That’s the current sign in front of Louisa Boren STEM K-8 at 5950 Delridge Way SW, but the district is proposing changing to a lower sign with an illuminated message board, as shown in this rendering:

Since that would require a zoning departure (exception), city review and approval are required, and public feedback is being sought right now. The district cites these reasons for switching to the message-board sign:

1. Changing image signs make it easier to alert families and the community to events taking place at the school.
2. Messages can be displayed in multiple languages.
3. This is an equitable way to communicate about school events since not all families have equal access to technology.

The two-sided sign would use one color of lighting, no flashing allowed, and would only be illuminated between 7 am and 7 pm, and only on days when school is in session, the district says. The message-board part of the sign would be 5’6″ wide and 3’8″ high. You can see more information about the sign here, and you can email comments by June 24th to Nelson Pesigan at the city Department of Neighborhoods, nelson.pesigan@seattle.gov.

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SCHOOLS: Feedback time for new illuminated sign planned for Louisa Boren STEM K-8"

  • ws sw May 19, 2022 (8:17 pm)

    email should be nelson.pesigan@seattle.gov


    • WSB May 19, 2022 (8:21 pm)


  • Delridge Neighbor May 19, 2022 (8:21 pm)

    They’re our neighbors so it’d be good to know what’s going on at this gem of a school we have here in Delridge!

  • Joyce May 20, 2022 (12:19 am)

    Why just this school and not all the schools in West Seattle (and elsewhere in SPS)? Seems like the same criteria would apply

    • WSB May 20, 2022 (1:11 am)

      Some in West Seattle already do; Madison, Chief Sealth, and WSHS come to mind for starters.

  • Concerned Neighbor May 20, 2022 (9:03 am)

      I like the idea of a new sign, an illuminated sign.  However, on Delridge I would think that a sign lower to the ground would need at least weekly maintenance.  It would be so much easier for it to be vandalized….and it will.  It just doesn’t make economic sense.  Sorry if this offends, but its a fact of life down in that area.

    • WSB May 20, 2022 (9:38 am)

      “That area”? We drive the arterials daily. We see vastly more tagging along California SW than along Delridge Way.

    • MercyMoi May 21, 2022 (7:12 am)

      Concerned Neighbor, have you spent much time in “that area”? I work at this building and can state for a fact that there are very few pedestrians along this stretch of Delridge. Do you expect a car would pull over to vandalize a sign because it’s in “that area”? That’s doesn’t make any sense. If you mean that students might vandalize the sign, well, that can happen at any school. 

  • Delridge neighbor May 20, 2022 (12:15 pm)

    I wish they would paint the building and take care of the landscape. It looks like a prison with the gloomy gray color. 

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