Our good friends over at the West Seattle Blog had this about the public hearings and the weather via Patti Spencer at the District:
"At this time, we plan to proceed with all scheduled public hearings. If there is a change, we will announce that immediately via our Web site and other means. We understand that some locations in the city are experiencing more challenging road conditions than others. We want our families and community to be safe, and we also want to hear from them. In addition to public hearings, we also continue to receive feedback via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com"
The weather is due to stay cold and perhaps snow Wednesday or Thursday night. So be careful out there.
Also, some thoughts on what might or might not help in public remarks:
-the obvious - no name-calling, no swearing, no yelling - your audience will tune you and your message out
-humor always helps - takes the bite out the situation and calms the room down
-matching t-shirts don't help (sorry, nor do school songs)
-don't threaten to leave the district or threaten a lawsuit (threats don't work)
-children speaking, well, heck, of course it works but it would work for any school because every kid loves his or her school (and all kids are cute)
-talk about your school but not so much on stats (unless something is dramatically different over the last 3 years) but what makes your school a community
-talk about options or other possibilities, not so much in "pick any other school but us" but any other options. Just from this blog alone there have been a tremendous number of ideas generated. Brainstorming isn't a bad thing.
-if someone says something about your school that is not true, don't call them a liar (see the line one); explain why that isn't true and how you know it.
-know your data! Do not "think" it's true or "I heard it somewhere". Nope, do the research and look it up.
-if you agree with an idea; say so. The more people who say the same thing, the more likely the Board will listen. If you believe we should be doing the assignment plan first, say so.
Last one and it's HUGE - practice, practice, practice, don't ad lib. Don't believe you "know" how long three minutes is; go in the kitchen and hit the timer. You'll be very surprised at how time flies. Don't believe you can cram 4 minutes into 3. You can't and you'll be upset at what you leave out. And for any public hearing/Board meeting, don't waste valuable time thanking the Board or the Superintendent. They are supposed to be there and supposed to listen; don't waste 15 seconds thanking them for doing their jobs.