Items of interest (or amusement or annoyance, take your pick):
- for whatever reason, staff always has at least 2-3 pages of high-minded rhetoric. The Board knows what they are doing and why they are doing it (meaning, why this district exists and what they are trying to accomplish) and yet staff puts these pages in. For example, at the bottom of page 5 there's this (what I would call) mission statement: We are mindful of the impacts of the current budget crisis and will work thoughtfully and
diligently to obtain the best outcomes possible for our students. Okay, thanks.
- Page 5 also has the guiding principles for the budget decisions including:
- Ensure lean, healthy infrastructure exists to support instruction, employees
and organization decision making
• Ensure supports are in place for employees impacted by job losses.
• Identify and prioritize opportunities to improve operational efficiency
• Continue planned investment to reduce chronic maintenance backlog
• Remain a legally compliant organization.
- Remain a legally compliant organization?! Good choice but hard in practice so far this year for SPS.
- Among Working Assumptions (page 14): raise school lunch by 50 cents, increase Pay for Play by $50 (not for F/RL), 09-10 RIF recall will not be backfilled, SE Initiative is rolled into School Improvement and baseline reductions made ($855,000) and backfill potential reduction in federal funds for Native Education
- page 15 has the cuts to WSS including (in priority), eliminate elementary counselors, reduce HS academic intervention spec. by .5, eliminate Core Cert .5 Allocation for MS, etc.
- They love to say over and over that they are reducing Central Adm by 90 when, in fact, the 5 FTE Ed Directors are just being renamed and reposted. Why this charade of counting them?
- Tick tock - they are still deciding where the money will come from to fix up the 5 reopening schools. I know some schools have had some work started but I suspect this might take some overtime to get them done (looking at the list of what is to be done at each school).
- They are going to hire more FTE maintenance workers but don't know how many and say this will impact the final number of central office positions.
- Hey, new definition of functional capacity and target enrollment on page 24. Try to keep up folks.
- Important! Pages 25-32 outline the Open Choice seats. They are definitely going to be 10% of the 9th grade target enrollment (see page 24 for definition).
- Page 32 - Implications of Increasing 9th Grade Targets Now include: "may need to undo some changes once we have data available for all schools (or incur additional mitigation costs)" and "disproportionate impact on schools. Could reduce Rainier Beach below viability for providing a comprehensive range of course offerings."