Thursday, October 18, 2012

Latest schools levy proposal calls for new Olympic Hills school building by 2017

In February Seattle Public Schools will have two levies up for renewal, the Operations Levy and the Building Excellence (BEX IV) IV Capital Levy.

The current version of the BEX IV Capital Levy calls for completely replacing the building housing Olympic Hills Elementary School by 2017. Superintendent José Banda spelled out the current proposal in this letter recently posted on the Seattle Public Schools website.

Previous versions of the proposal have called for other dramatic changes at the small neighborhood school, including construction of a middle school or K-8 on the Olympic Hills campus.

Other elements of the most recent proposal that will affect our community are:
  • Jane Addams K-8: Move to Pinehurst K-8 and open Jane Addams building as a middle school by 2015
  • Northeast Seattle elementary school: To meet growing capacity, add K-5 school on Thornton Creek site by 2016
The Seattle Times pointed out in a Thursday story that schools and neighborhoods with exploding populations of children, notably Northeast Seattle, are getting priority in the levy proposal.

The public is invited to attend the following meetings regarding the proposals:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4-5 p.m. – BEX IV and Operations levies public comment session, John Stanford Center. Public testimony taken.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4:15 p.m. – School Board meeting, expected vote on BEX IV project list.
More information can be found here on the BEX IV page of the SPS website.

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