Here's the short version:Earlier, over on the Save Seattle Schools blog, Charlie Mas wrote:
There is no plan.
July 8 was given as the date for releasing the short-term plan for next year. There was no presentation of plans beyond next year.
The short-term options were given as:
1) Keep everyone at Lowell (not an option due to safety)
2) Move 4-5 APP (there was clear and repeated parent testimony against this plan)
3) Expand APP to 3 sites (the few supporting this option most likely hadn't gone through the first split)
4) Move all APP to Lincoln (this seemed the clear preference of APP families, though several expressed concern about the viability of Lowell if all of APP were to move)
Under cons for moving all of APP to Lincoln (as presented by the District), there were suggestions about reductions in PCP options (there would be music/PE or art/PE, but not music/art/PE) and another note that some may not get transportation to Lincoln (no details on who would lose transportation or why).
If the cohort would be split - again - it would be North, Central and South, with Central and South feeding to Washington. North was defined as North of the ship canal.
I think the District would like to have four elementary APP sites: Thurgood Marshall for South Seattle, Lowell for Central Seattle, a location in the north-end, and a location in West Seattle.Another parent added:
I think they would like to open the north-end location next. If each school needs about 250 students to form the critical mass necessary to support a viable program, then they could almost form two from the current program at Lowell. That would take 250 students out of the building and fix the overcrowding there.
We are all caught up in the current crisis, but I urge everyone to think a bit ahead and look at where this all is going.Please see also the new thread on the Save Seattle Schools blog, "Lowell: What to do?", and the comments there.
As Charlie said, we are headed toward elementary APP split across three or four locations.
Many APP parents are fine with further splits of elementary APP as long as at least one of the locations is in the north. Some parents might be fine with splitting into 3-4 elementary locations, including one in the north, but only if Lowell continues to be one of the locations. And, some APP parents might be wary of further splits and the shift to regional programs, preferring we move back toward one city-wide elementary APP program.
But the path we are on now is 3-4 regional elementary APP programs: one at Thurgood Marshall, probably two in the north, maybe one more in central or south, and nothing at Lowell.
Whichever of these options you might prefer, it would be a really good idea to be thinking about it now rather than just letting whatever happens to APP happen.