Have you ever noticed how many of the Board's actions are related to property management?
Look at the Board's agenda for this week.
Here's a list of the stuff they are considering:
1. Review and approve minutes of last meeting
2. Approve warrants
3. BEX III - Denny/Sealth
4. BEX III - Ingraham
5. BEX III - Nathan Hale
6. BEX III - Denny/Sealth
7. BEX III - Ingraham
8. BEX III - Nathan Hale
9. BEX III - Hamilton
10. BEX III - Denny/Sealth
11. BEX III - Ingraham
12. BEX III - Nathan Hale
13. BEX III - Denny/Sealth
14. BEX III - Ingraham
15. BEX III - Nathan Hale
16. Sale of Queen Anne Gym
17. Modify Lease on Lake City School
18. Garfield/Interbay land swap
19. BEX III - Budget transfer
Other than the minutes and the warrants, it is all about property management in one way or another. There is no mention of teaching and learning, and for sure no mention of Policy. There is no question about how the Board spends its time, but shouldn't we question whether this is how they SHOULD spend their time?
Seattle Public Schools is, without a doubt, one of the largest landowners in King County if not the state. There is hardly a school site that isn't worth at least $1 million and many of the hundred or so which are worth considerably more. For all of the property that the District owns and operates is there anyone who would like the District to manage their property for them? I don't think so.
The District should not be in the property management business. It isn't their focus, it isn't their core competence, it isn't critical to their mission. They should outsource this work to someone who knows how to do it and do it right. Then the District should focus on teaching and learning and the Board should focus on Policy.