Letter of Intent
Since September 2005, The Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a nonprofit educational corporation, has been meeting with several key Seattle Public Schools (SPS) members including the Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer, several school board members, middle and high school directors, and principals to explore a partnership to bring TAF Academy (a 6th-12th grade school model with a theme of Science, Technology, Engineering. and Math) to Rainier Beach High School.
After a year of discussing strategies and issues, we have determined that TAF and SPS will collaborate to bring the TAF Academy model to Rainer Beach High school with the following parameters:
- TAF Academy will collocate with the current Rainier Beach program.
- There will be a total of 525 students (75 students per grade) enrolled in TAF Academy.
- TAF Academy will start in September 2008 with a 6th, 7th, and 9th grade class.
- Implementation will be contingent on the simultaneous review and refinement of the current Rainier Beach program. This plan will be developed by the Rainier Beach staff with a funding mechanism that assures equity between programs.
- Potential negative impacts on enrollment and or program of the non-TAF school at Rainier Beach High School will be analyzed and mitigated before moving forward.
The Seattle School Board plays a critical role in this collaboration. The full Board must approve the idea of the partnership and the Board's Student Learning Committee (SLC) must approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines items such as the partnership intent, community engagement, impact on the students, community and District, roles and responsibilities, and schedule, etc. The MOU will answer critical questions to ensure the partnership has the desired intent-to provide a high quality educational option to the students in the Rainier Beach area.
TAF and SPS will regularly report progress of the MOU actions to the SLC. Upon final approval of the work, TAF and SPS will develop a legally binding Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) that specifies how TAF and SPS will operate the school once it has opened. The JOA must also be approved by the Seattle School Board.
TAF and SPS will prepare necessary materials to have this proposal introduced to the Seattle School Board on November 15, 2006 with a vote on December 6, 2006 to approve the idea of the partnership and give SPS permission to work with TAF to create the MOU and present it to the SLC.
Dated the 25th day of October 2006
Seattle Public Schools, Raj Manhas
Technology Access Foundation, Trish Millines Dziko