Parents from the Northwest Center Kids preschool, who are upset over having to find a new home, plan to rally today at a Seattle School Board meeting.
They want the district to “stop the clock” on its plans to take back the former North Queen Anne Elementary building on First Avenue West, which the Northwest Center has leased since 1982. Seven parents are expected to speak to the board during public testimony and present an online petition with more than 3,000 signatures.
Seattle Public Schools informed the Northwest Center in January that it will have until the end of June to vacate.
The district closed North Queen Anne Elementary in 1981 because of low enrollment, but now wants the building back to house the K-8 Cascade Parents Partnership Program. Cascade enrolls more than 200 students, each with an individual learning plan that may include a combination of on-site classes and learning programs in the community and at home.
Cascade has to move because its current home, the Wilson-Pacific School, is being razed and replaced with a new middle school and elementary school to ease overcrowding and make room for growing enrollment.
District spokeswoman Teresa Wippel said Superintendent José Banda and some district officials will meet Friday morning with Northwest Center President Tom Everill, state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and Seattle City Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Sally Bagshaw to try to find a new home for the preschool.
“The idea is a small working group where they’re going to review maps and look at possible available spaces in the community,” Wippel said.