Address: 3800 SW Findlay Street, Seattle
Fairmount Park opened in 1964 and closed in 2007. Renovations will modernize the building and add a 12-classroom addition.
In January 2014, Superintendent José Banda appointed Julie Breidenbach as the new principal of Fairmount Park Elementary School. She will be the planning principal this year and remain principal when the school opens to students. Ms. Breidenbach will begin making the necessary decisions needed for a new school, including hiring teaching team leaders. She will also be connecting with families of students slated to attend Fairmount Park next year.
Julie Breidenbach comes to Fairmount Park from Thurgood Marshall, where she has been principal since 2009. Fairmount Park will have an option APP program, and Ms. Breidenbach is strong supporter of APP education. She has extensive experience in merging an APP program with a neighborhood school and is sensitive to the social and emotional needs of all students. In part, Ms. Breidenbach was selected to transfer to Fairmount Park because she is the most experienced APP principal in the district.
In addition, Ms. Breidenbach understands the issues when opening a school with an advanced learning program in a high free and reduced lunch population area, is committed to a sustainable blending of regular curriculum and APP at the school, and communicates effectively with staff, parents and students.
She is looking forward to the opportunity to open a school and work with the entire school community to build a school where children with all types of individual and special needs will feel part of an inclusive and supportive community.
A Fairmount Park school website has been established, and Ms. Breidenbach asks that all parents in West Seattle check the school’s website regularly. Meetings will be scheduled to work with families on getting the school ready to open and information on those meetings will be posted.
The project includes complete renovation and modernization of the existing building and construction of a 200-seat classroom addition. This project addresses current and projected elementary enrollment growth in West Seattle by adding capacity of 500 seats.
Project Sustainability Features
Design work started: 2012.
Estimated construction start: May 2013
Estimated school opening: Fall 2014
*Budget includes funds from Building Excellence III (BEX III) levyBack to BEX IV Overview