On 10/24 from 6-7 pm, School board member Leslie Harris and SPS Capital leaders Flip Herndon and Richard Best plan to share and solicit feedback on West Seattle capital planning and STEM K-8. My understanding of the current thoughts to be presented for discussion and feedback are below.
- Constructing a new school facility to house STEM K-8 is being considered as a potential BEX V project.
- Central or south West Seattle locations would be studied (most likely on the old Denny site; or in conjunction with Roxhill planning if that facility is rebuilt perhaps the Hughes Building with a major addition).
- Planning and feedback would happen on a BEX V timeline (hoping for details on Tuesday night; with feedback, levy approval, collection rates, other projects, planning timelines, etc., this is a years-long process).
- There are many program and facility benefits when a new building is constructed to meet the needs of a unique school program.
- There would be no move to an interim site—STEM K-8 would stay at Boren until new construction is complete.
- There is no consideration of STEM K-8 being moved to Schmitz Park for either a temporary or permanent location.
STEM K-8 has an active and engaged family community. Your support is instrumental as we face the ongoing challenges of several years of growth and change. Your voices were clear last spring that SPS capital planners need to think carefully about plans or impacts affecting STEM K-8. I look forward to their response and follow up.