There are a number of upcoming events and community engagement opportunities for you to know about.
If you visit the District's Capacity Planning web site, you can provide feedback on a form. A School Board work session on this topic is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Board Work Sessions are open meetings and the public is welcome to attend, but the Board does not take testimony at a work session.
On September 25 Veronica Maria Gallardo, Seattle Public Schools' Bilingual Program Manager, will share the findings from the Bilingual Peer Review with the community. The meeting will be held at Aki Kurose Middle School, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. An informative presentation will be followed by small group discussions to provide additional information and to seek feedback. Additional meetings will be scheduled during October. For more information, call the Bilingual Family Center at (206) 252-7750. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.
2010 CAPITAL LEVY
The District is planning the next capital levy. Come observe and provide input. Here's where and how you can get early warnings about the Facilities Department's next public relations fiasco. All meetings are from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Date - Location
Monday, October 6, 2008 - Broadview-Thomson K-8 Library, 13052 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - Meany Middle School Library, 301 21st Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
Thursday, October 9, 2008 - Mercer Middle School Library, 1600 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
Friday, October 10, 2008 - West Seattle High School Library, 4075 Southwest Stevens
Seattle, WA 98116
Future meetings and updates on the Capital Program Levy Planning will be posted on Seattle Public School's Facilities Web Site.
Each element of the Strategic Plan will be required to meet set standards for community engagement as the project manager and the team make progress. A draft version of those Engagement Protocols is available for review and comment. Although the protocols are described as "engagement" they are actually only "informing". In short, they are totally inadequate. Please comment on them at the email address provided.
The Board Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on the Performance Audit from 6:00pm to 6:30pm on Thursday, October 9. I'm not entirely sure what this is about, but it is related somehow to administration and overhead. Public Hearings include opportunities for public testimony. Perhaps more information about this will become available in advance of the event. Come early and you can sit in on the Finance Committee meeting.
STRATEGIC BUDGET INITIATIVES
The Board will have a Work Session (no public testimony) on Strategic Budget Initiatives on Wednesday, October 15. Again, I'm not entirely sure what this is about, but this may be where the first blow will fall against the Southeast Initiative. The Work Session will be from 4:00 to 5:30 followed by the Board's regular legislative meeting at 6:00.
The Board will hold a Workshop (I don't know how this is different from a Work Session) on Student Assignment on Wednesday, October 29 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. I don't know anything about this Workshop. Although it appears on the Board calendar, there is no reference to it on the Student Assignment web page
That's all I can see in the near-term future. I don't see any movement on the adoption of a high school math curriculum. I haven't seen much movement on the strategic plan (despite a stated requirement to keep the public informed on plan activities). I see a lot of dithering and very little action on pretty much every topic. Who knows? Maybe they will suddenly snap into action - of course, there won't be any time to discuss any of their decisions with the public at that point.