Archive for July, 2014
From the Office of the Mayor:
This year marks the City of Seattle’s 30th Annual “Night Out Against Crime” celebration on Tuesday, August 5th.
Recently, Mayor Murray laid out a comprehensive public safety plan for Seattle that underscores the importance of providing opportunities for youth and community members to enjoy their streets and public spaces citywide. The Mayor believes Night Out is a great example of the types of opportunities that exist for reconnecting community to Seattle streets.
Night Out, an annual national event hosted locally by the Seattle Police Department, shows that residents and City government can mobilize resources and energy together to move toward a safer and more connected Seattle. We hope you’ll join in making this Seattle’s best Night Out yet.
Attend a Picnic in the Precinct:
Another key element of safer communities is when we all know our local police officers. Coming up are several opportunities for you to get to know the Seattle Police Officers who protect your neighborhood. Meet the new Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, your local police officers, and other community members at one of four upcoming Picnics in the Precincts:
- Tuesday, August 5th: West Precinct Picnic / National Night Out
Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, 5pm – 8pm
As a downtown parent in Pioneer Square, I am very passionate about the possibility of adding a school physically located in downtown Seattle. With the addition of more and more families downtown, this will help to build a strong community and serve as an incentive to keep families downtown longer.
Please consider attending a meeting to show support for these efforts. It is something that will only contribute to a better downtown — because as we all know, a place that is safe and friendly for kids is a place that is safe and friendly for everyone:
Seattle Public Schools recently submitted an application to develop a school at the site of the former Federal Reserve Bank on 2nd Avenue. Next Monday, July 28, the School Board will hold a community conversation about this potential development, allowing for public comment. After the meeting, there will be a tour of the potential school space.
Seattle School Board Community Conversation Regarding a Downtown School
Monday, July 28: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Avenue
Followed by a tour of the former Federal Reserve Bank building at 7pm.
We need your voice at this meeting! Please show your support for this development by attending Monday’scommunity conversation and letting the School Board know that:
- Downtown is growing rapidly. It’s the largest Seattle neighborhood without a public elementary school.
- In the last six years the number of K-12 students living Downtown has increased by nearly 25 percent to 598 kids.
- The number of people moving into Downtown is growing rapidly. Providing a public school will help ensure families are able to stay Downtown.
- The former Federal Reserve Bank building offers the district an affordable option to develop a school with close proximity to terrific education resources, such as the Seattle Central Library, the Seattle Aquarium, Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Art Museum.
- Property Downtown is scarce and expensive. It may be years before we see a comparable opportunity; we need to take advantage of the availability of this site NOW!
Unable to attend? Email the school board at schoolboard@seattleschools.
Downtown School In The News
- PSBJ – Power play: Influential group pushes for downtown Seattle school
- Crosscut – Seattle may have an affordable option for a Downtown school
- The Seattle Times – Downtown Seattle could be in line for 1st elementary school in years
- Publicola – Op-ed: It’s time to invest in a public school in Downtown Seattle
- Seattle PI.com – More Downtown condo dwellers have kids – public school in Downtown Seattle?
- The Seattle Times – Op-ed: It’s time to build a school in Downtown Seattle