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Don't forget about tonight's Community Meeting

January 29th, 2014 by Mike

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.

On the agenda:

7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements

7:05 p.m. Political Changes

7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity

7:25 p.m.  Bike Master Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm)

7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan

8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.

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Don’t forget about tonight’s Community Meeting

January 29th, 2014 by Mike

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.

On the agenda:

7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements

7:05 p.m. Political Changes

7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity

7:25 p.m.  Bike Master Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm)

7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan

8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.

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Learn about city council districts, Maple Leaf changes and school board boundaries at the January meeting of the Community Council

January 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Under the new City Council system of electing council members by district, Maple Leaf after the 2015 elections will be represented by two council members.

Most of the neighborhood will be in District Five, from Northeast Northgate Way down roughly to the middle of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Neighbors who live south of a line drawn horizontally though the park will be in District 4.

Learn more about this at the January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. It’s Wednesday, January 29th, from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street. Free, licensed child care will be provided.

Also on the agenda, the community council’s work plan for the year, an update on the ever-popular Bicycle Master Plan (a separated bike lane on Roosevelt Way Northeast?) and changes to public school boundaries.

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We're back! (with links to school boundary update)

November 22nd, 2013 by Mike

We’ve come back from our unplanned down time this week.

While the site was down the Seattle School Board approved controversial boundary changes.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has an updated story here.

You can also follow the discussion at the Seattle Schools Community Forum and at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group.

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We’re back! (with links to school boundary update)

November 22nd, 2013 by Mike

We’ve come back from our unplanned down time this week.

While the site was down the Seattle School Board approved controversial boundary changes.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has an updated story here.

You can also follow the discussion at the Seattle Schools Community Forum and at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group.

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Important day Wednesday for school boundaries here – update

November 5th, 2013 by Mike

Update Thursday 9 a.m.: Our news partner The Seattle Times has a report on last night’s school board meeting. It starts:

Angry parents, residents and activists unloaded a host of grievances at the Seattle School Board meeting Wednesday where the district’s official school boundaries plan was formally introduced.

There is also more discussion on the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook page. One post says that school board member “Sherry Carr will come to Sacajawea Elementary next Thursday, Nov. 14th, at 6:30 p.m., in the library. She considers Sacajawea a priority since we are in the pivot point of changes that take effect next year.”

We’ve gotten a lot of comments on our last two posts on proposed changes in Seattle Public School boundaries, focused on where  elementary and junior high kids should go to school, and whether it’s safe to send them there.

Neighbors have been leafleted. Surveys taken. A Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group, just launched a couple of weeks ago, now has 182 members and both discussions of the boundaries, which many argue split Maple Leaf into three pieces, and plans for action.

One of the plans is to attend Wednesday’s school board meeting en masse, possibly carrying signs and dressed in similar colors to stand out as a block.

To follow the discussions, go to the group’s Facebook site, or read our previous posts and comments here and here. There is definitely more than one point of view represented.

Public comment at Wednesday’s board meeting begins at 5 p.m. at 2445 3rd Ave. S. The agenda is here. (Click on Nov. 6 regular board meeting to download a PDF.)

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School boundary letter making neighborhood rounds

October 25th, 2013 by master

There are clearly Maple Leaf families both in favor and opposed to the proposed changes to the Seattle School District boundaries, according to the comments in our recent post.

Those opposed are making their voices heard not only by responding to the district’s survey, which is due today at 6 p.m., but also by asking neighbors to sign a “Maple Leaf Letter to the School Board” by 4 p.m. today that supporters have been distributing around the neighborhood and via the Facebook page Maple Leaf Parents.


From the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook page.

The text reads: [Read more →]

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Comment by tomorrow on new school boundaries

October 20th, 2013 by master

UPDATE: The School Board has extended its school boundary survey deadline until 6 p.m. Oct. 25.


Shown above is the proposed new Olympic View school boundary on top of the current one.

We’ve received a few emails from parents about the new boundaries proposed for Seattle Public Schools, which Olympic View Elementary parent Aiko Schaefer says would “splinter Maple Leaf kids to an even greater number of different schools.” She continues:

Schools are anchors to communities, the latest SPS proposal has Maple Leaf kids going every which way to school. The kids in the neighborhood play and grow up together, it will be a shame if they are not able to also learn together. I’m hoping Maple Leaf residents are able to weigh in on this proposal and help ensure we keep our neighborhood kids together.

In a nutshell, here is the current boundary for Olympic View, which was implemented when the school district moved to neighborhood schools in fall 2010. And here is a link to the school’s proposed new boundaries, which another parent pointed out would have children between Roosevelt and 15th Avenue Northeast who previously attended Olympic View crossing busy, unsidewalked 15th Avenue Northeast to reach Sacajawea Elementary.

But the splintering continues after elementary school, Schaefer says, which is shown by the new boundary proposal for middle schools and high schools: [Read more →]

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