Nov 25, 2008

Proposed changes at Meany Middle School


Tonight's school closure meeting (covered live by the West Seattle blog in a blogging tour-de-force) proposes multiple changes to the Meany School building in our midst:

  • close the present middle school there and disperse the students
  • move the Nova program from the Horace Mann building [near Garfield] to the Meany building
  • move the secondary Bilingual Orientation Program (BOC) from Queen Anne Hill to Meany.
The Seattle Times notes:

One of the more interesting recommendations is for NOVA alternative school to share space with the secondary BOC in the building that now houses Meany Middle.

The hope is that the two programs would give the BOC's immigrant students more opportunity to talk to English-speaking peers, and give NOVA students, many of whom are interested in world affairs, the chance to interact with students from all over the world.

There also are plans to turn the secondary BOC into a school where students stay for their full high-school careers.

(the map from the P-I article, reprinted here, summarizes all the proposals nicely)

2 comments:

Maarten said...

Hi Andrew,

I was interested in the history of Meany School recently, having seen historic photos that showed a beautiful older school building. I found that seattleschools.org has a nice history document with a few aerial photos:

http://www.seattleschools.org/area/historybook/meany.pdf

Weekday said...

KUOW's Weekday is featuring the school closure debate during its morning talk show tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 9-10 a.m. Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and Board member Michael DeBell will be among our panelists. We encourage all listeners to call in at (800) 289-KUOW or e-mail weekday@kuow.org to help get a healthy, balanced discussion going.