Tag Archives: budget

Jason Lee Middle School

Today’s new place is Jason Lee Middle School at 602 North Sprague.
I went there to hear a relatively depressing Informational Budget Overview Community meeting.

The Jason Lee mascot is the bobcat. I remember when the school had a grand reopening in 2001 after a $27 million renovation. I also remember an article that suggested some people the students wouldn’t take care of the building. Well, a quick tour today proved that indeed the school looks great, clean and well maintained. The students that I talked to at the meeting were well mannered.

A very nice summary of the building’s history can be found on the school’s website.


Libraries are always good — Mottet Library

Today I stopped at the Charlotte White Mottet Library, one of the 10 libraries that make up the Tacoma Public Library System. The library was built in 1930, a gift to the city from Mr. Mottet, a local businessman. The architect for the building was Silas E. Nelsen, who also designed the McCormick Branch Library, the Everell S. Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound, the Tacoma Mausoleum, the Johnson Candy Co. Building and the Tacoma City Light Administration Building.

Library Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday 12 – 8
Thursday – Saturday 10 – 6

3523 East G Street Tacoma, WA 98404 (253) 591-5666

For more information on this property, including some older photos, go to http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/buildings/bldg1up.asp?n=15057

Note that Mottet Branch is one of the libraries that could potentially be eliminated depending on the budget option recommended by the library trustees.