The K-5 STEM PTA Executive Board and Site Committee have submitted a proposal to Seattle Public Schools in response to the three recommendations that SPS made as part of the Growth Boundaries project. The SPS recommendations are:
- Open Fairmount Park Elementary in the Fall of 2014 as a neighborhood school;
- Co-locate Arbor Heights Elementary with K-5 STEM at Boren at the start of the 2014-15 school year (there is no planned usage for the Boren building after 2016); and
- Move K-5 STEM to the current Schmitz Park building in the Fall 2016, after Schmitz Park Elementary relocates to Genesee Hill, subject to new boundary adjustments.
An excerpt of the PTA proposal, which can be downloaded in full here, reads:
Members of our PTA have been attending district meetings and talking to parents and community members regarding these recommendations for the past two months. As a result, we have serious concerns about the consequences of the recommendation to move K-5 STEM to the Schmitz Park building. We are also concerned about the lack of a middle school pathway for STEM students.
After requesting input from STEM parents and community members, we believe there are two viable alternatives that are consistent with Seattle School District Policy No. 2200 and the Growth Boundaries Guiding Principles, specifically pertaining to equitable access and financial responsibility:
Option 1: Make Boren the permanent home of K-5 STEM, and expand to a K-8 option school
Option 2: Relocate K-5 STEM to Fairmount Park in 2014
Accompanying the proposal is a comparison of the options for permanent placement of K-5 STEM and the issues that should be considered per the Guiding Principles established by Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Board Policy 2200 for Program Placement.