Capacity plans for the NE/NW/QA/Magnolia will be presented at the School Board meeting tomorrow (it's from 6-9 p.m. at the headquarters). I am unable to attend. Here is the link to the agenda item. From it:
"A Board work session is scheduled for October 29, after which it is anticipated that – based on the work session as well as on public input – a revised motion will be developed to reflect specific recommendations on capacity issues. This will allow for additional Board consideration and public input prior to the November 12 meeting at which action on these issues is scheduled."
They are considering making tweaks to the student assignment plan this year based on items that would sunset for the upcoming school year. They include:
• Extend provisions for dual waiting lists at John Stanford International School to other dual language/international school programs.
• Eliminate the distance tiebreaker for The Center School and for South Lake Alternative School.
• Move the waiting list deadline from October 31 to September 30.
• Establish provisions for processing applications of twins/multiples.
Eliminating the distance tiebreaker for The Center School is an interesting one because normally only alternative schools have no distance tiebreaker. While The Center School is considered a "non-traditional" school, it is NOT alternative according to the district. But, from the agenda:
"Since tiebreakers for The Center School would then match the tiebreakers used for processing applications to Nova, the coding change does not require additional research and is easy to implement."
So The Center School would be processed like Nova, an alternative school. In fact, they had the distance tie-breaker precisely so more QA/Magnolia kids would have first crack at it because they have no comprehensive high school in their area. I know Center School wanted this because they wanted more diversity but it also means that QA/Magnolia kids lose out. I wonder if this is because they intend to create a high school for them in the next year or so.
There appear to be other recommendations such as giving dual-cluster status to Olympic Hills and B.F. Day so that kids outside the cluster could get transportation to them - I don't think many parents will be interested in this option..
Also on the agenda:
- an update on the SE Initiative by Carla Santorno, CAO
- voting to approve almost $700,000 for a review of all buildings for the BTA levy. They said at a BTA levy meeting that this would create a database but the language in the agenda says "Provide the District an update to the existing 2006 data base on the existing condition of our school facilities and the academic adequacy of said facilities."
It also says:
"Provide a more transparent process for public understanding and participation in the capital levy planning process."
Well, it might be more transparent for the next round of levies but certainly not for this one as the public nomination period for buildings will be over before this is finished.
-the Board will also be voting on its Legislative agenda which is:
The 2009 proposed agenda is focused on three areas:
• Support of the basic education funding task force recommendations
• Support for increased funding in core operating and capital areas
• Support of the Core 24 high school proposal
Interesting that they are supporting the Core 24 high school proposal without discussion with parents. I don't know if I missed these discussions but I wasn't aware they were soliciting opinions on this subject.