Richmond Beach Community Association’s April Community Meeting

Friday, April 5, 2013

By Jerry Patterson, RBCA Vice President

At the RBCA General Meeting on Tuesday, April 9, Bill Dunbar, Principal of Shorewood High School, will update the community on the status of the new campus. He will be joined by Jeff Green, who serves as the project manager.

As school district officials describe the new design, “Shorewood High School will be centered in the northeast portion of the campus. It features a three-story academic building with a central commons. The historic Ronald School building will be restored for performing arts programs in proximity to the school's new multipurpose theater and gymnasium.” The doors to the newly constructed school will open in time for the 2013-14 school year.

Join us in the Lena Voreis Room located in the northeast corner of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th Street, on April 9, 7:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for you to experience, up close and personal, how your tax dollars are making a difference for our students and our community.


Anonymous,  April 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM  

I guess they aren't going to discuss the aggressive public meeting schedule in the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Shoreline and Blue Square Real Estate concerning Point Wells -- Rome is burning...

Anonymous,  April 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM  

Oh, and that Ronald School that Sue Walker and the school district supporters called an eye sore is all of a sudden a centerpiece of their newly rebuilt high school? The school district would have torn it down if community activists didn't make them save it, yet these same folks who now think the Ronald School is so wonderful as a perfoming arts center are claiming credit after trashing those who demanding saving it, the hypocrisy is astounding.

Anonymous,  April 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM  

100% correct Anonymous! The School District should be prosecuted for fraud on the voters, theft of public funds, lying under oath, and extreme vandalism.

Does anyone in Shoreline remember that this is the school district that gutted the building that had been carefully landmarked by the Shoreline Historical Museum? The Ronald School was the oldest public building in Shoreline and should have been carefully protected by both the SSD and City. Instead, the District (sacred cow of our community) was allowed to destroy an iconic building and surround it with a massive building which completely conceals and minimizes the structure. And remember that it was completely gutted into God know what!

The Shoreline School District has gotten away with murder, but the community is not paying attention. They would much more like to focus on the shiny and new and other distractions like "healthy city", Celebrate Shoreline, and Teacher of the Month club.

What a travesty! It is one of the worst historical attrocities ever! Instead of respecting our unique history as the "first city" north of Seattle, we are brick by brick destroying our heritage.

Anonymous,  April 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM  

Brick by Brick - like paving over with asphalt most of the red brick road at 175th and not restoring the red brick cutoff from 185th & Aurora to Linden.

Celebrate Shoreline? The staff convinced the council to dispense with the parade during a dinner meeting, as opposed to full council meeting where there would be general public comment.

Healthy City? The staff bans cigarette smoking but now you can purchase a permit to serve alcohol at an event in the parks. And when did it become safe and healthy to use alcohol?

The fire department was at the city council pleading for the EMS bond, but the fire department never held any public hearings before they started charging $600 per aid unit response. The fire department is in cahoots with the city in promoting economic development but there are no impact fees, they expect the general public to pay for each and every aid call. Growth should pay for growth, Shoreline is one of the few cities with no impact fees.

The biggest joke of all is this City Currents delivered this week talking about Shoreline as Tree City USA. The city just allowed a developer to cut over 20 second growth trees that were over 60 years old. When the Town Center Sub-Area plan was approved, Councilmember Will Hall talked about how it would save trees in other places -- well, I don't care about trees in other places in King and Snohomish Counties, I want to see them where I live. There is a pile of roots and stumps as big as a house where those trees were.

Anonymous,  April 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM  

The Shoreline School District placed 3 propositions on the ballot for the February 9, 2010 Special Election, including one for funding the 2 new high schools. Approached for a resolution in support, the Shoreline City Council gave the School District 10 minutes on January 25, 2010, to make a presentation on the 3 propositions. The superintendent spent 4 minutes talking about the 2 levy propositions. Then she spent 6 minutes making a general argument for the bond measure followed by 2 minutes covering the Shorecrest site plan in considerable detail. By the time she got to the Shorewood site plan she was already 2 minutes over her allotted time. She explained the campus consolidation and relocation to the NE corner in terms of the proximity to the new Town Center and its cultural benefits. She then spoke to the 3 academic wings in the SW and the PE building in the SE, and then moved south to the athletic fields. A minute into the Shorewood site portion of the presentation, she was asked by the mayor to wrap up, conveniently saving her from having to say one word about the Ronald School, which was hidden at the back of the diagram in the N cluster.

Anonymous,  April 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM  

Wait a minute! The superintendent of Shoreline's 'most sacred cow' got the 'bum's rush' from the mayor. And our PTA emeritus sat calmly on the dais while this all went down? I don't believe it. The Council lets their pals have all the time in the world.

Anonymous,  April 7, 2013 at 8:21 AM  

You are wasting your breath. No one reads the Shoreline Area News.

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