We did not create this crisis, but we will solve it. Northwest Center has worked very hard to find solutions, and some interesting options have emerged. All we have ever asked from Seattle Public Schools is transparency, collaboration, and adequate time.
(PRWEB) March 07, 2014
It has been only 60 days since Northwest Center families and the Seattle community learned that Northwest Center Kids, a program designed to create an inclusive environment for children with and without disabilities, would have only six months to vacate North Queen Anne Elementary where the program has thrived for 28 years. The story was first reported in the Seattle Times January 22, http://www.seattletimes.com.
Since then, Northwest Center Kids parents, staff, Board of Directors, and its many supporters have rallied together and begun an exhaustive search for alternatives with several options now emerging - including a potential permanent home as well as two workable short-term contingency sites. Though none of the options have been finalized, the alternatives give hope that the school is one step closer to solving the dilemma.
Today Everill and Northwest Center Chief Financial Officer, Robin Krueger, met with Superintendent Jose Banda and key members of his staff along with Representative Reuven Carlyle to discuss options. KIRO Radio, http://www.mynorthwest.com, reported on February 25th that Representative Carlyle as well as members of the Seattle City Council have joined Northwest Center in urging the district to look for a solution that better serves the families of Northwest Center Kid’s Queen Anne location.
“The meeting was positive and productive and we are hopeful that it will result in more time for Northwest Center to finalize its solutions and move the program,” said Everill.
All parties have agreed to meet again in approximately two weeks after Northwest Center has finalized its options to plan the transition in more detail.
“Northwest Center has worked very hard to find solutions, and some interesting options have emerged. The energy and commitment of our parents is amazing, as is the outpouring of support from the public and elected officials,” said Everill.
Northwest Center offers essential support to people with developmental disabilities at all stages of life through early intervention, inclusive classrooms, employment services, and jobs. When people of all abilities learn and work together, everyone benefits. Learn more at http://www.nwcenter.org.