Just wanted to pass this tidbit along in case neighbors were interested in providing their comments to the proposed change to a Seattle Landmark in Wallingford – the Latona/JSIS school.
The Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting this Wednesday April 4 at 3:30 PM has an agenda item discussing a change to a Seattle Historical Landmark: Latona School/John Stanford International School. The proposal is to place a portable classroom building at the south end of the site. Testimony on changes considered to the landmark may be presented at the meeting, or by submission of written statements to the Historic Preservation Program, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, P.O. Box 94649 Seattle WA 98124-4649 prior to the meeting. A detailed agenda can be found online.
Julie speculates that the reason they’re considering adding portable classrooms even after shrinking the JSIS attendance boundary area is that “the district put in its portable proposal to the Landmark Preservation Board back in December when they hatched the option to use a portable as a way to fulfill enrollment at JSIS for this fall. It most likely took a long time to get the proposal on the Preservation Board’s monthly agenda. I’m sure the school district would still like to keep the idea of a portable at JSIS in their back pocket, so they probably just thought why not keep it going and see what turns up. This is just my hypothesis…I just learned of it today and haven’t contacted the district.”
As a frequent user of the JSIS playground, the idea of a portable classroom plopping down on the south end sounds abhorrent, but we reckon overcrowded classrooms are abhorrent, too.
(We don’t imagine the portable classroom would look nearly as awesome as the photo above that we found on Coolhunter.)