Today the School Siting Task Force had its fourth meeting. This is the group put together by King County Executive Constantine to study and make recommendations to the County and Growth Management Planning Council on the 18 school sites located outside the urban growth line. This is important to us because we have one of those sites adjacent to the Junior High. In last springs bond measure one of the projects was to build an elementary school on this site. If the recommendations that were made last fall to not allow schools outside the UGA were passed it would have prevented us from using this site for a school.
In today's meeting four teams were tasked with reviewing each site, placing it into one of four categories, and then making a recommendation on how to proceed. Fortunately, each of the teams placed our site into Category A, the category with the greatest potential for actually building a school on the site. Three of the four teams then recommended that we "allow the school district to connect to the existing sewer, meaning we can build. The fourth team recommended first that we "find an alternative site in the UGA" as they did with all the sites being considered. This is great news and barring some unforseen circumstance, we should emerge from this process with the capacity to site a school on our property. I believe that only 6 of the 18 sites made it into this category and two of those are still questionable so we are indeed fortunate.