From the News and Calendar section of the district's website:
Lowell hearing rescheduled to January 20, 6:30 to 8:3p.m.
School Board Policy H01.00 sets forth that public hearings be held for all buildings proposed for closure in the Superintendent's Preliminary Recommendations. Individuals who were on the public testimony list for the original hearing of Dec. 18 (rescheduled due to inclement weather) have first priority to testify. Individuals on the original list will be contacted by phone and/or email. Others may sign up to testify on a space-available basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206 252 0042. Sign-ups will be accepted until NOON on the day of the hearing.
After that time, sign-ups will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis at the building site if space is still available.
If any additional buildings are proposed for closure in the Superintendent's final recommendation - due to be announced on January 6, 2009 - a public hearing will be scheduled for those buildings. The date and time for any additional hearings will be announced after the final recommendation is released.
January 20th? After the final recommendations on the 7th? Two days before the final public hearing? If I didn't know better, I'd think the district wanted to push through what IT wants for Lowell and the later the discussion the better. What is the Lowell community supposed to do until the 20th? Twiddle their thumbs?
Boy, we don't even need to wait until this round of closures is over to do a post-mortem. Much of what has occurred is fairly indefensible. I thought the Board wanted to get it right...not fast.