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Seattle Celebrates the Opening of Three New Public Schools

Cascadia Elementary among the new school sites

Jody Allard

Published on: September 05, 2017

Jody Allard

A large crowd gathered this morning at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cascadia Elementary School, one of three newly-constructed schools that will open to students on their first day of school tomorrow.

Many of those in attendance were families whose students will attend Cascadia, and children lined the floor in front of the ribbon while speakers emphasized the importance of inclusive, fully-funded public education.

Students form a line to get a piece of the ribbon for their scrapbooks.

Cascadia Elementary serves the north end's highly-capable cohort, and marks a change from the school's prior shared site at Lincoln. It's situated next to the newly-constructed Eagle Staff Middle School, which shares a new campus with the existing Licton Springs K-8 School. Both sites feature murals by Native American artist Andrew Morrison that depict Native American culture and heritage, as well as outdoor learning sites. 

Cascadia fifth-grade teacher Joshua Hill prepares for the new school year in a new building.

In addition to Cascadia and Eagle Staff, Seattle Public Schools has also opened a new building to house the existing Olympic Hills Elementary School, and Meany Middle School, a modernized building to house a new middle school.

Speaking at the Cascadia ribbon-cutting ceremony, Superintendent Larry Nyland says these new buildings add room for 2,000 students — a move designed to address, at least in part, the growing size of Seattle's student body.

Superintendent Nyland addresses the crowd.

But increased seats won't solve the problem of educational funding, which continues to plague districts across the state. Nyland has been an outspoken critic of the Legislature's budget, and the district attempted to file an amicus brief with the state Supreme Court last month.

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