Presentation on theme: "Licton Springs Community Schools. An opportunity exists to consider a Community Schools Campus on the SPS Wilson-Pacific site at 1330 N 90 th St. To explore."— Presentation transcript:
An opportunity exists to consider a Community Schools Campus on the SPS Wilson-Pacific site at 1330 N 90 th St. To explore that opportunity, Licton Springs Community Schools, a grassroots community group, has formed. We are engaged in an effort to educate people about Community Schools and build a cross-boundary team to explore the opportunities that a community school model could bring to students, families, teachers, the Licton Springs Community, Seattle Public Schools and the city of Seattle. We will hold community workshops, pursue a feasibility study, conduct a design competition or charrette, seek grants and push for project support in BEX IV. We would love to count on your support. Please join us. http://www.facebook.com/groups/lictonspringscommunityschools/ An opportunity exists….
A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends. Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve these results: Children are ready to learn when they enter school and every day thereafter. All students learn and achieve to high standards. Young people are well prepared for adult roles in the workplace, as parents and as citizens. Families and neighborhoods are safe, supportive and engaged. Parents and community members are involved with the school and their own life-long learning. Source: Coalition for Community Schools FAQCoalition for Community Schools FAQ What is a Community School?
Three qualities about Wilson-Pacific make it a possible candidate for BEX IV. It is currently listed in every category – elementary, middle school + high school – in the draft BEX IV Options as a place where projected capacity needs could be met. 1. C = Capacity There is a need for capacity both now and increasingly in the future according to current SPS projections. Over the next 10 years, a shortfall of 719 elementary student seats and 459 middle school seats is expected in this Whitman Attendance Area. A Community Schools Campus could configure to fill the capacity shortages of any or all ages of students. 2. B = Building Condition The buildings are in very bad condition. The Meng Analysis rated the condition of the 7 buildings at Wilson-Pacific the 2 nd worst of all buildings in the SPS inventory. It is recommended for replacement. 3. S = Site The site is big enough to redevelop. At 16.7 acres, Wilson-Pacific is one of the largest school sites in the SPS inventory. It has excellent transit access (Rapid Ride on Aurora, Metro 5, future Northgate light rail station) and adjacency to important community assets. (Licton Springs Park is 1 block away. And North Seattle Community College is 5 blocks away.) It’s 12 blocks from the future Northgate light rail station, right on the Metro 5 bus line, just 1 block from Metro Rapid Ride on Aurora Ave N., 1 block from Licton Springs Park and 5 blocks from North Seattle Community College. A Community Schools Campus could support the needs of all students as well as the greater community in a “village” that co-locates both education and family-community resources. Why here? Why now?
Woodrow Wilson Junior High, built in the 1950s, enrolled 1,347 students at its peak in 1959. Mandatory busing took a toll on enrollment in the 70s. By 1978, the number of students had fallen to 579 and the school closed. The school was renamed Wilson-Pacific School when Pacific School, a special education program, moved there from Washington in 1978. That school closed in 1989. These are the schools and programs previously located at the Wilson-Pacific School: 1. COHO which came from Broadview-Thomson in 1996, but later moved to the Monroe building in 1999 where it was renamed Salmon Bay when it merged with NOMS. 2. The John Marshall Re-entry Program was briefly relocated there when John Marshall School closed a few years ago. 3. Both an enrollment center and archival storage were previous uses at Wilson-Pacific before those facilities were consolidated and centralized in SODO. These are the schools and programs currently located at the Wilson- Pacific School: 1. The American Indian Heritage School which began in 1974 moved 5 times before it was relocated to Wilson-Pacific in 1989. That program changed to American Indian Heritage Middle College School serving age 16+ students and is still at the site. There are xx students in that program today. 2. The Homeschool Resource Center which serves 180 students has been there since 2003. 3. A special education screening program History
Concepts for the redevelopment of the Wilson-Pacific site are included in the Aurora-Licton Springs Residential Urban Village Neighborhood Plan in 1998. The aspirations expressed in that plan are consistent with the idea of developing a Community School on this site. Additionally, in 2004, Open Space 2100, a citywide visioning workshop which was sponsored by UW Green Futures Lab, College of the Built Environment and the City of Seattle, Department of Parks + Recreation, reiterated those intensions and further went on to suggest concepts for humanizing conditions along Aurora Ave N as well as ideas for perforating the I-5 barrier to strengthen connections between Licton Springs, North Seattle Community College and the Northgate neighborhood. http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/npi/plans/aurlict/Secti on2.pdf Neighborhood Planning
2012 - 2013: Meetings, Workshops, Feasibility Study, Planning, Design Competition or Charrette 2013: Secure Funding, Construction Documents 2014: Construction 2015: Occupancy Draft Timeline
There are about 5,000 Community Schools in the United States and abroad. The Growing Community Schools publication helps explain how to get the ball rolling.Growing Community Schools Many questions can be answered by visiting the Coalition for Community Schools website.Coalition for Community Schools Contact Kate Martin, 206-783-6538, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Licton Springs Community Schools. email@example.com Please join our group on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/groups/lictonspringscommunityschools/ http://www.facebook.com/groups/lictonspringscommunityschools/ Resources