Photo by Gwen Davis
During the charter school info session, Greg Ponikvar took feedback from participants about what they'd like to see in a new school.

Charter school supporters get their feet wet in first info session

By Gwen Davis

The California-based Summit Public Schools (SPS) kicked off an info session Thurs. evening about the future of a potential West Seattle charter school opening in 2016.

The school would serve grades 6-12, with approximately 105 students per grade.

But it’s not a done deal, the facilitators noted at the beginning of the meeting.

"We in no way can promise we’re coming to West Seattle,” said Jen Wickens, chief regional officer of SPS and co-facilitator of the meeting. Charter schools must apply to the Washington State charter school organization, she said. There needs to be a community forum and capacity interview.

“But we made it happen with the first two schools [in and hopefully it will happen in West Seattle,” she said.

Wickens and her co-facilitator Greg Ponikvar, executive director of the expeditions program at SPS, opened the meeting with an introduction to the school’s model and mission.

“We don’t define college readiness as only getting into a four-year college,” Ponikvar said. “A lot of it is how can students be successful in life.”

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On the Go Week of 2-23-15


Volunteer Soccer Coaches Needed
High Point Community Center
South Park Community Center
Spring 2015, Mon. and/or Wed. afternoon / evenings. Both Centers are looking for volunteer soccer coaches to start up a new soccer league in their neighborhoods. Coaches will teach soccer skills to 5-7 & 8-10 year olds. Games will be on Friday nights. If interested contact:

Community Information Meetings for Charter School
Summit Public Schools is applying to open a free, public charter school, grades 6-12, in West Seattle. We invite the community to join us at an upcoming Information Session and to share their input.

Southwest Branch Library
9010 35th Ave. S.W.
Thurs., Feb. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

White Center Library
11220 16th Ave. S.W.
Tues., March 17, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Discovery Shop

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Reminder: Metro Transit bus fares going up March 1

Information from King County

King County Metro Transit riders will pay a bit more to ride the bus beginning March 1. The fare change will apply to adults, youth, seniors and people with disabilities who use regularly scheduled transit services.

Transit fares will increase 25 cents for riders and businesses offering "Business Choice" accounts to their employees. Customers who have a Passport or U-Pass through their business or school will notice the change as contracts are renewed after March 1.

Fares for Access paratransit service will increase 50 cents to $1.75 per trip. This adjustment will more closely align Access fares with regular off-peak fares. The increase reflects the much higher expense of operating Access service compared to regular bus service.
The fare increases will place Metro on more stable financial footing and will help keep service on the road.

New reduced fare will help those with limited incomes

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