The slew of community activities currently taking place at the Horace Mann school building on East Cherry has the school district rethinking its plans to renovate and reopen for high school classes.
The Seattle Times reported yesterday that the future of the building is still uncertain:
The district shuttered the 110-year-old structure four years ago amid school closings tied to reduced enrollment. With enrollment now rising, the district planned to renovate Mann beginning Sept. 3 so it could return Nova Alternative High School there next fall.
Now, all that is uncertain. After telling the community groups in a letter this month that they needed to vacate by Aug. 15 — and then adjusting that date to Aug. 30 — the district has now formed a task force to study options not just for itself but for the organizations, whose programs it says align with the district’s five-year strategic plan.
The school district is currently housing Nova at the old Meany building near Miller Park, but had plans to return Nova to Horace Mann and reopen Meany as a middle school. But these plans are on hold while the district’s task force mulls its options.
Meanwhile, a diverse group of community organizations, operating under the coalition More 4 Mann, are holding outdoor movie events, mentoring programs, vocational training, and a slew of other community development programs.
We’re working to find out more on the school district’s plans as they develop. Stay tuned.