City of Seattle proposes $2.65M to streamline school start times, improve school traffic safety

Earlier today, Mayor Ed Murray announced that he will propose $2.3M in startup funding to help Seattle Public Schools students get more sleep and be better equipped for academic success.

The funding will help SPS implement a two-tiered bell schedule (down from three), in response to requests from families. Mayor Murray will request the Families and Education Levy review board support the allocation, which is needed to fund additional school buses to sustain the new schedule. Additionally, the Mayor will also propose $380,000 to increase safety by maintaining crossing guards during school hours.

“This use of Families and Education Levy resources will go to implementing a better bell schedule and helping our students get to and from school safely. These are our children and I am committed to ensure they have all the tools they need to get a great education,” says Mayor Ed Murray.

After listening to parents, community partners and teachers, the City concluded that the health and academic welfare of students would be greatly increased by supporting the change of Seattle Public School start times from the current three-tier system to a two-tier one. This change will cost $2.3M in startup costs, which the Mayor will propose to the Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee as well as City Council.

“Thanks to the Mayor’s generosity and City support, Seattle Public Schools may be able to eliminate third tier busing for 2017-18. This means that in 2017-18 schools would start at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. This change would build on our efforts to improve academic outcomes by aligning school start times with student sleep patterns,” says Superintendent Larry Nyland.

 

When Seattle Public Schools changed school start times for elementary and secondary schools in the 2016-2017 academic year, they saw positive changes in both longer reported hours of student sleep and reduced levels of discipline in high school students. These outcomes follow years of research around the American Association of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association’s recommendation to more closely align school start times with students’ biological and sleeping patterns.

Costs for district transportation are reimbursed by the state using a funding formula based on the prior year’s cost. The City’s transportation investment is one time.

Development Update April 24: Subdivisions and a revised application

Two applications and one revised application make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

630 NW 85th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6508604. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

2035 NW 62ND ST

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6538529. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Revised Application:

5425 Shilshole Ave NW

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Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been revised and resubmitted to allow 38,560 cubic yards of grading for site remediation and installation of utilities in the 24th Avenue NW right-of-way. Project includes installation of a new temporary pier adjacent to the existing 24th Avenue Pier, for construction staging and conveying construction spoils to barges for removal. Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared by Seattle Public Utilities.

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, April 21

  • Live Music
    • Bad News Botanists at 7 p.m. and Market St. Dixieland Jazz Band at 9 p.m. at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Cover $10. Click here to purchase tickets online.
    • Antonioni, Temple Canyon and Season of Strangers at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • The Ramblin’ Years with The Hasslers & High Divide at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SATURDAY, April 22

  • Ballard Preschool Co-op Gently Used Kids Gear Sale at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Susan Carr Ensemble, 7 p.m., and Phil Ochs Tribute, 9 p.m.at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Cover $10. Click here to purchase tickets online.
    • Kelli Schaefer, Fine Prince and Colorworks at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • The Cactus Blossoms with Country Lips and Jack Klatt at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

SUNDAY, April 23

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun Mother, Shagnasty, Barring the Weather and Brad Yeager at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • American Troubadour: Joe Purdy with Lydia Ramsey at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $20.

Ballard Preschool Co-op Gently Used Gear sale set for Saturday

Ballard Preschool Co-op is having its popular “Gently Used Kids Gear Sale” this Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The sale will be hosted by Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) and will include gently used clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear such as cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, and more.

The organizers say the line to get in often starts before 9 a.m., so plan to get there early. They also recommend to bring omething to put your finds in – a laundry basket or beach bags.

Attendees can enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting from 12 p.m. All money from the sale will go to support the co-op.

“This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out,” says one of the event organizers Michaela Johnson.

Click here to find out more.

Breaking: Two SPD officers shot in downtown Seattle

According to SPD Twitter reports, two officers were shot following police response to robbery near Madison/Western Ave downtown.

SPD is asking for people to please stay out of the area as they investigate. See the area marked in red below:

Downtown commuters, please be aware of this incident when making commute plans to return home.

The My Ballard team will update the post with more information when it is known.

BHS ‘Spilled Ink’ exhibition on this month

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host a community celebration of “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

The Ballard Branch’s teen advisers have joined forces with the Ballard High School Ink Club to present the annual release of INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online art and literary journal.

The event will showcase student works including music, art and literature. There will be live performances of jazz, ska, indie rock, a string quintet and by a wide array of individual musicians.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. This is an after-hours event and the Library’s parking garage will be closed; free parking is available on nearby streets.

For more information about the event call the Ballard Branch at (206) 684-4089 or ask a librarian.

SDOT launches Pothole Palooza, aims to aggressively repair neighborhood potholes

SDOT is kicking off Pothole Palooza today, a campaign to aggressively repair potholes across the city.

Locals are being encouraged to report neighborhood potholes so that SDOT can map them out as their Pothole Rangers move throughout the city.

Locals can report potholes in three ways:

During the campaign, SDOT crews will be assigned to specific districts around the city. SDOT Crews will be joined by crews from Seattle Parks and Recreation who will assist with these efforts.

“We recognize that residents have been patient through a tough winter that’s resulted in an increased number of potholes and we want them to know that we’re listening when they report them,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “You’ve told us where they are, and we are marshaling our resources to fill them.”

According to SDOT, potholes occur when street pavement cracks and breaks because of water and vehicle traffic. During winter months, water can cause the material under the pavement to erode, freeze and expand, and then thaw and contract causing the pavement to sink down and break.

Many streets, particularly in the outer areas of the city, have a very poor underlying structure, or sub base, which reacts poorly to these conditions. This freeze/thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight.

Seattle has had an extremely wet and cold 2016-2017 winter season. Residents typically see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow. February and March are when we see the highest numbers of potholes. This past February was the wettest we have experienced in thirty years.

Click here to find out more about Pothole Palooza.