LETTER: Former Normandy Park Mayor upset about losing Highline High façade


[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff. This Letter comes from the Correspondence to the Burien City Council from Sept. 25, 2017:]

Dear Burien City Council,

I am asking for your help.

Without input from the HHS (Highline High School) Design Committee and without voter feedback, the school district has chosen to not save the façade. We have not received any documents pertaining to the soil and façade testing or estimated costs for saving part or all of the façade – despite my requests over the last few months. In addition, despite pleas by historic architecture experts and government historians, the district has apparently rejected an opportunity to give the façade historic status again.

I’m perplexed as to why this façade is not wanted. Why would people not want to save something that is Burien’s history and culture? I went to Mount Rainier High School and grew up in Normandy Park, but I see us as a region (Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien) and your City has an amazing historic structure. It’s a teaching tool about the 1920’s and a symbol of school pride for countless students.

I thought the district was going to let the public weigh in on whether or not to use available Bond contingency money or other funds if available to save part or all of the façade. I offered to do community fundraising and was told no. I also have not received a reason why the bricks could not be taken down to fix the soil issue, and then built back up to restore the structure.

There should be a public meeting to discuss the façade. Do you agree? I know of many voters who want the façade saved. The voters are the ones paying for this new high school.

Best regards,
Susan West
HHS Design Committee Member
Former CFAC Member
Former Mayor, City of Normandy Park

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