Y'all may have seen the article on KING 5 about SPD being called during a dispute over ownership of school instruments. If not, it's here: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_061909WAB-spd-school-instruments-KS.7b12546.html.
The Summit K-12 Parent Group has been working for the past couple of months toward dissolving as a non-profit, and that includes accounting for all properties, some of which are steel drums - for which paperwork exists. Numerous attempts have been made to achieve resolution on this subject, and at one point, we were told by the District that "anything loaned to a school to use is the property of the District unless you have paperwork to prove that it was only on loan, and the District doesn't have to prove ownership at all." Since then, we have provided our documentation regarding the purchase of the instruments (not all of the drums - some are the District's, and some belong to the teacher, and some are property of a former Summit principal) as well as writing out which instruments belong to whom and what's going to be done with them, up to and including the return of the instruments determined to belong to the former principal.
The Parent Group's oh-so-nefarious plan for the instruments is to donate them to Ochiama, another non-profit, who currently has pending contracts with SPS (waiting for the arrival of the drums, of course) for teaching steel drum to SPS students. We have signed over our interest in the drums to them, so we may continue our dissolution process appropriately, and they do have a lawyer and will be determining if a lawsuit is in order. Who else has a lawyer, I don't know, although I'd hazard a guess that the former principal does, and we know the District has a legal team.
While I am interested in the outcome of this, I am also glad we are not tied up in what could well become yet another long, drawn-out process. It saddens me that the police had to be called to witness the actions of the District in not allowing the music teacher to take his own instruments out of the building. He chose to call them so that this is an event that won't just "disappear" because of its languishing in the mothballs until interest is lost. This happened in the middle of the morning, if that late, so I know many many students saw it.
Thought y'all might like to know a bit more about it.