FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Elementary won’t reopen until fall 2023

When the addition that’s under construction at West Seattle Elementary in High Point was first planned, Seattle Public Schools said it would be built without having to temporarily relocate the school. Then that changed, and the district decided to relocate WSES for the 2021-2022 school year, to the former Schmitz Park Elementary campus in west Admiral. With less than a month to go until the 2022-2023 school year begins, we asked the district about the project’s status, and learned that WSES will now spend a second school year at Schmitz Park. District spokesperson Tina Christiansen says the project was delayed about three months by the concrete strike. It’s expected to be complete this winter, but the school won’t move back until the following fall, Christiansen says, because, “The school leadership decided the school community would be better served by waiting until fall to move in rather than moving mid-year.” Plus: “The added time is allowing for replacement of the glazing in the existing building, which wasn’t originally planned.” She says the WSES community has been aware of all this since spring but they hadn’t planned a wider community announcement until later this summer. The $28 million project will add 12 classrooms to WSES.

3 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Elementary won't reopen until fall 2023"

  • Mike August 9, 2022 (1:30 pm)

    I thought Alki Elementary was going to Schmitz this year during their rebuild, no?

    • WSB August 9, 2022 (1:34 pm)

      Their rebuild doesn’t start for another year.

  • Melissa Westbrook August 10, 2022 (6:25 pm)

    Interesting that the district is expanding buildings when their enrollment is steadily dropping. It’ll be under 50K for the first time in at least a decade.

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