News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods

 

Wedgwood, View Ridge, Bryant elementaries to start later

June 2nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Six Seattle public schools will start later next year, including Wedgwood, View Ridge and Bryant  elementaries, Superintendent Susan Enfield announced this week.

The school day at those three schools will run from 9:25 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., according to the district’s published list.

These new bell times are a result of changes to transportation for the 2012-13 school year. The School Board voted to move forward with a transportation plan that includes longer yellow bus ride times (up to 45-minute rides) but has minimal impact on bell times. We needed to implement new start times at these six schools to continue our three-tied bus plan (where staggered start times are required so that one bus can make three trips between schools). This change will save the District between $300,000 and $500,000, allowing us to keep further budget cuts away from the classroom.

We know changing bell times is not ideal. We also know that many members of our community would like us to consider later high school start times and earlier elementary start times.

This has major ramifications for high school students, including after-school jobs and athletics, as well as before- and after-school child care for elementary school families.

We are committed to thoroughly studying these ideas, but we ask for your patience as it will require considerable time and public involvement

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Neighborhood schools score high marks

November 9th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

When Seattle Public Schools released a new ranking of all schools in the district this morning, 3 of the top 12 ended up being right here in the neighborhood.  Wedgwood Elementary, View Ridge Elementary, and Thornton Creek School all received the highest ranking of 5.  That ranking means a high number of students pass state tests and that their test scores are improving.  The rankings also reflect how students, staff, and family members feel about the school’s atmosphere.  You can take a closer look at the rankings here.

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View Ridge Elementary hit by thieves

October 11th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Police believe at least two people broke into View Ridge Elementary School over the weekend of October 1. The windows of three rooms were broken and computers were stolen. The school was locked and the alarm had been set, however the alarm did not go off.

School officials said a similar incident happened about two weeks earlier, but the thieves weren’t able to take the computers due to a security cable. This time around, the cables were cut. Police were able to collect some fingerprints from one window handle.

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School renovation projects almost complete

August 9th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Construction crews are still working to wrap up summer renovation projects at both Wedgwood Elementary and View Ridge Elementary.  The project manager for Wedgwood tells us everything will be finished by the time school starts.

At Wedgwood Elementary (pictured), the playground is undergoing improvements.  Crews are also replacing flooring and the curtains on the stage.  As you can see from one of the photos, windows are completely missing on one side of the building.  Those old windows are being replaced with energy efficient ones.  The project was budgeted at $723,000.

Windows and flooring are also being replaced at View Ridge Elementary, and upgrades are being made to the fire alarm and ventilation systems.  The View Ridge project’s budget is $894,000.  Both projects are being funded through a six year capital levy.

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