The Herald had a story about Carla Santorno returned to West Seattle HS to go over how the school will change from a 4-period to a 6-period day (per the rest of Seattle comprehensive high schools). Here was the mood at the meeting:
"Most who spoke at last week's meeting were pro four-period day. Some said they felt disconnected from the process and decision to change it. One parent said she would contact a lawyer to sue the district.
A West Seattle High teacher passed out a pamphlet lauding the four-period schedule.
"There's always going to be members of the community that will not agree with this decision, regardless," said Santorno. "We know there are people that like the four-period day, but we believe at this point in time (six periods) is the best way to go.""
I don't know about disconnected from the process; I think this has been going on for at least 2 years with teachers and parents on the committee(s).
Meanwhile, this was the editorial in the West Seattle Herald on the subject. To note:
"The Seattle District's new leaders are taking firm control of a district that has been left to wander for the past 10 years. Non-education leaders with good intentions permitted the individual schools to entirely chart their own courses which worked in some schools and was a disaster in others.
Now, with the roar for needed improvements reverberating over the city, Santorno and new Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson are showing the beginnings of what we hope will be firm, hand-on leadership.
There's some faith in the new leadership. This is the kind of thing we can only hope to see more of on down the road - newspapers and community/elected leaders showing faith and approval in SPS. (This is not to say I agree or disagree with the WSHS decision; I don't know enough to make that judgment.)