A series of community meetings and public hearings have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for public discussion, feedback and testimony on the Superintendent’s Preliminary Recommendation to the School Board on School Closure/Consolidation, Student Assignment and Transportation. The district operates about 30 percent excess school capacity for its current, and projected, student enrollment. School consolidation in fall 2006 is one strategy being discussed to reduce overhead costs and redirect resources to the classroom. The recommendation and supporting data is available at www.seattleschools.org.
Community input and public testimony will be considered as a final recommendation is developed. The final recommendation will be presented to the School Board by the Superintendent on June 15, a final public hearing is set for July 5, and the board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation at its meeting on July 13.
Community meetings will provide an opportunity to learn more about the recommendation through discussion and a question and answer period. Four general meetings will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at Ingraham High School Cafeteria and Madison Middle School at Boren Cafeteria; and on Tuesday, May 17 at Rainier Beach High School Cafeteria and Washington Middle School Cafeteria. A meeting for the bilingual community will be held on Thursday, May 12, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Aki Kurose Middle School Academy, where translators will be provided.
Public hearings are scheduled for the purpose of receiving formal public testimony related to school closure and consolidation as set out in the preliminary recommendation. Hearings are scheduled from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Following a brief introduction, public testimony of two (2) minutes in length will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested individuals may sign-up at the door beginning at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are scheduled for Monday, May 23 at Alki Elementary, Jane Addams (Summit K-12), and Whitworth Elementary; on Tuesday, May 24 at John Marshall and T.T. Minor Elementary; and on Wednesday, May 25 at Cooper and Rainier View elementary schools. Also on May 25 a meeting is scheduled at Old Hay (Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center) where translators will be available to assist bilingual families. On
Thursday, May 26 meetings will be held at Bagley, M.L. King, and North Beach elementary schools; and on Monday, May 31 at Montlake Elementary, Columbia (Orca) and Genesee Hill (Pathfinder).