Seattle Public Schools is bringing its planning for major infrastructure investments to the public — in the mix, $23 million to overhaul the Meany campus at 19th and John to re-open the site as a comprehensive middle school.
SPS officials tells CHS there is no further public information available about the project at this time. The money would go toward building upgrades and interior space reconfigurations as preparation for restoring the campus as a middle school.
The school would be slated to open by the 2017/2018 school year. The $23 million price tag appears to be a relative bargain. A from-the-ground-up plan for a new Wilson Pacific middle school would cost more than $82 million.
The NOVA alternative high school and the Secondary Bilingual Education Program have called the campus home since moving in back in 2009.
In 2009, KUOW reported on needed seismic upgrades on the campus.
Here are details on the capital levy projects meetings beginning Thursday night.
Seattle Public Schools to host community meetings on Capital Levy Projects
Seattle Public Schools will host three community meetings – on Sept. 20, 24 and 27 – to share information and ask for comments about building construction projects to be included in the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy package. Once approved by the School Board, this list of construction projects will be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2013.
The community meetings will be held:
- · Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. at Whitman Middle School, 9201-15th Ave. N.W.
- · Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. at Madison Middle School, 3429 S. Graham St.
- · Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 -8 p.m. at McClure Middle School, 1915-1st Ave. W.
To read the latest list of projects on the proposed BEX IV levy, please visit http://bit.ly/SPSBEX
Each meeting will include presentations by Capital Projects and Planning staff members, followed by a question-and-answer period with community attendees. Comments from the community will be collected, recorded, reviewed, considered and included in considering the Building Excellence IV Capital Levy projects package.
The capital levy is part of Seattle Public Schools’ long-range plan to replace and modernize aging school facilities on a planned and predictable timetable. BEX III was approved by Seattle voters in 2007 and included the major renovation of Chief Sealth International High School, Hamilton International Middle School, Ingraham High School, Nathan Hale High School and Rainier Beach High School, as well as the new school construction of South Shore Pre K-8 and Denny International Middle School.