Each year the Superintendent makes a number of program placement decisions. They start with proposals which are then brought to the Program Placement Committee and discussed. The Committee makes a recommendation to the Superintendent, and the Superintendent then makes a decision. These decisions are commonly reported to the Board, but the Board does not vote on them. The usual timeline requires the proposals to be submitted by November 1, the Committee discussions to be done by mid-December, and the Superintendent's decision by late December.
This year, with the Capacity Management Plan in action, the timeline for Program Placement decisions was disrupted. I have an email from Courtney Cameron (nee Jones), the assistant to the CAO who acts as program placement coordinator, in which she says that the program placement decisions would be made in January.
I submitted a proposal for the creation of a Spectrum program at Arbor Heights Elementary. There is no Spectrum program, nor any ALO, in the West Seattle-South cluster, and I thought that the District should fulfill its commitment to have a Spectrum program in every cluster and region.
With the release of the Enrollment Guides I learned that there will not be a Spectrum program at Arbor Heights. I thought that my proposal had been rejected. I contacted Dr. Vaughan about it and he told me that he had not been to any meeting of the Program Placement Committee where Spectrum for Arbor Heights had been discussed.
So that's the mystery. I guess I can accept the fact that I was not allowed to attend the meeting to champion my proposal, but why wasn't Dr. Vaughan asked to participate in the discussion? Was there a discussion? Was my proposal even considered? I do not have a good feeling about this.