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Bishop Blanchet to hold open house regarding proposed new field lights and sound system

What do you think? (7 Comments) January 23, 2012 at 4:42PM

UPDATE, Jan. 24: Kris Brynildsen-Smith, Principal of Bishop Blanchet, says that this open house is only open to neighbors of the school who submitted comments to the City of Seattle; the invitation is not extended to others.

UPDATE, Jan. 25: Please see below the comments for a note from Principal Brynildsen-Smith stating that all are welcome at this meeting.

 


 

 

Bishop Blanchet High School (8200 Wallingford Ave N) is hosting an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, 7-8 p.m.

At the event, school administrators and project designers will provide information about improvements that the school wishes to make to their athletic field.

Bishop Blanchet has submitted a Land Use Permit application which includes a proposal for four new 70-foot field light poles and a new sound system. The lights and sound system would be used at four or five football games a year.

7 Responses to “Bishop Blanchet to hold open house regarding proposed new field lights and sound system”

  1. EricJ says:

    I do
    not understand.  The Open House is closed to the
    community?  What about all of us who call
    this place home and who may have our quality of life directly impacted by
    this project?  Is the invitation limited to
    those who own property within a certain number of feet of Blanchet or only
    those who received the original email?  WHY?  (It was suggested to me that I call the school and ask.)

    • Hi Eric,

      Thanks for the comment and questions. Principal Brynildsen-Smith told me that the school is not equipped to host a large meeting, and the meeting is open only to the neighbors who submitted comments to the City of Seattle, all of whom should have received an invitation.If you do contact the school and find out more, please leave another comment here if you get a chance.

      Thanks,

      Amy 

      • EricJ says:

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        As someone who wants to be supportive of the school and
        their objectives, but has serious concerns regarding the environmental impact
        and design, I would suggest that closing this meeting has already resulted in
        ‘bad press’ and cannot be helpful in gaining the support of the community.

         

        I cannot imagine that they are not equipped to host such a
        meeting–perhaps it was mistakenly publicize as an Open House or they were
        simply expecting only a handful active neighbors.  The related web posts and the many emails flying around this
        evening have already discourage attendance.

         

        A well-publicized public meeting, open to all in the
        community would, in my opinion, be in everyone’s best interest.

         

        Just for the record, I did submit a public comment on the
        project via US mail to the Seattle DPD and via email to the Project
        Facilitator, but I have yet to receive any information from the School or the
        City regarding the project.

  2. Kris Brynildsen-Smith says:

    I believe that my communication has been misunderstood and I apologize for that.  I received an inquiry from Amy of mygreenlake.com asking permission to publish the letter that was sent to those neighbors who had made comments in regard to our permit. The purpose of the letter and the Open House was to address the concerns raised in the comments.  I replied that I would like her to publish the information, but that we hadn’t planned for a huge crowd as we had only seen comments from 30 households. Additionally, we have invited our neighbors to two previous information meetings regarding this initiative and have had fewer than 5 people participate.  It was not meant to be exclusionary, but rather to personally address concerns. Having said that, all are welcome and again, I am sorry for the misunderstanding.

    Kristine A. Brynildsen-Smith, Ed.D.
    Principal

  3. Kris Brynildsen-Smith says:

    I believe that my communication has been misunderstood and I apologize for that.  I received an inquiry from Amy of mygreenlake.com asking permission to publish the letter that was sent to those neighbors who had made comments in regard to our permit. The purpose of the letter and the Open House was to address the concerns raised in the comments.  I replied that I would like her to publish the information, but that we hadn’t planned for a huge crowd as we had only seen comments from 30 households. Additionally, we have invited our neighbors to two previous information meetings regarding this initiative and have had fewer than 5 people participate.  It was not meant to be exclusionary, but rather to personally address concerns. Having said that, all are welcome and again, I am sorry for the misunderstanding.

    Kristine A. Brynildsen-Smith, Ed.D.
    Principal

    • Thanks for the comment and clarification, Kris. I have updated the post above.

      However, in the interest of transparency, and in order to maintain the trust of our readers, I would like to quote from your email of Jan. 24 to me: “The letter was sent to the neighbors who submitted comments to the City of Seattle.  We are not equipped to host a large meeting at this point, so we do not want to extend the invitation to attend the Open House beyond those people.”
      -Amy