After a long waited process to secure the John B.
Small Faces Child Development Center has been awarded the right to purchase the former school building they have used for the past several years.
The former Crown Hill Elementary School building was bought from the Seattle School District after it was declared as surplus property.
Built in 1919 and expanded in 1949, the building has been said to serve as an important community resource and has homed for the past three decades a nationally accredited childcare facility and most recently the ARC School of Ballet, several small arts non-profits, along with the Crown Hill Nei
Described by students, parents, and staff as "the lady who always smiles," Loyal Heights' administrative secretary Mary Hawkinson has retired after 31 years.
A going-away party was thrown in her honor at the school Oct. 3. Kathy Katzen, her assistant of 17 years, replaces her.
"I loved my job," said Hawkinson. "The kids, staff, parents. Where else can you have all this? Now it's time to enjoy my family.
"When I first got the job I had to type 60 words a minute and know shorthand," she added.
Looking at current enrollment as well as 10-year projections, the Seattle School Board is planning to reallocate resources so that schools might address these demographic changes.
While some Seattle's public elementary schools are over capacity other student populations are dropping.
The goal is to minimize both student wait lists and the costs created by schools over capacity.
Mayor Greg Nickels' plan to allocate $2.5 million to the Phinney Neighborhood Association toward the purchase of its school district owned building was met with questions about budget restrictions at a City Council meeting last week.
"We put together a project readiness assessment and examined how the organization managed business systems, staff and leadership," said the mayor's senior policy advisor Paul Fischburg at last week's City Council Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meeting.
After more than a year of negotiations and many years of uncertainty, the Small Faces Child Development Center Board of Directors has placed before the Seattle School Board a purchase offer that will decide the future of the former Crown Hill Elementary School.
The former Crown Hill Elementary School building is one of several surplus properties being sold by the Seattle School District.
Enrollment remains open in Seattle Public Schools for the 2008-09 school year, which began on Sept. 3.
Families which have not yet registered and enrolled students for school this fall are encouraged to do so prior to the first day of school.