Tuesday, Nov. 3rd from 4-6 p.m., Board Work Session on SAP boundaries.
This is the last Work Session before the final vote on November 18th AND the first look at any changes to the boundaries. I would expect the most changes for high schools given that Tracy Libros said that they were not "well-balanced" from the initial release of the boundaries. I am hoping to see the Sand Point Elementary boundaries redrawn as well due to the oddities of how large its F/RL population would be relative to all the other NE elementaries as well as how it doesn't include the Windermere neighborhood. I know the Board has heard from several neighborhoods about issues of boundaries that split neighborhoods (or the perception of) but it is difficult to say how hard the Board will push for any changes here.
It is VITAL for any and all of you who look at the new boundaries and are unhappy (and feel it is a good reason) to go to your PTAs/CPPS rep and get going now. The Board needs to here from communities as a group (not just a couple of parents here and there). There needs to be a valid reason for your concern (not "my house's value will go down"; that won't work for them). Keep in mind, the district and Board are looking district-wide so you have to as well in putting forth an argument.
Also, if you feel, as several parents have put forth, that high school assignment should continue to be open, speak up now. I have a hard time understanding how the district can segregate academic programs without some sort of mention in the SAP about putting in more of them if the current ones fill. Just having AP is not the same thing. If Ingraham and Sealth's programs fill, the SAP should reflect that the district will open another IB program elsewhere. (They can make the argument that Roosevelt's drama program and its jazz program -along with Garfield's-are "extra-curricular" activities but the IB programs and the Biotech program ARE academic programs.) What specialty academic programs do West Seattle, RBHS, Hale and Franklin have available to their students?
Wednesday, Nov. 4th - School Board meeting starting at 6 p.m.
Introduction of the SAP boundaries as well as the BTA III levy and Operations levy. The complete levy language for both is part of Introduction items. Interestingly, the BTA II levy is termed an "emergency". However, the Operations levy, which many of us would consider completely vital, is not. Here's the wording from the BTA III levy:
"It is hereby found and declared that an emergency exists requiring the submission to the qualified electors of the District of the proposition whether the District shall make the Capital Projects Fund levies for their ratification or rejection at a special election to be held on February 9, 2010. "
The levy is listed now at $270M which I know is lower than the staff wanted. The project list seems to be changed somewhat and I'll have to compare the old list with this new one.
Thursday, Nov. 5th Audit and Finance Committee Meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (This is in the Board conference room but they have contingency plans to move it should the crowd be more than the usual couple of visitors.)
This is the meeting where staff will answer to the Board about Meg Diaz' report.
Then, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Roosevelt, there is an SAP Informational meeting on Boundaries.
However, Tracy Libros assured me that ALL these meetings are for feedback so yes, you can put forth your ideas and opinions. I, for one, am not going to be corralled into any small group discussion. If that happens, I'm roaming the room listening to others. I think this should be an open discussion for whoever shows up and frankly, I refuse to go along with any other format.