The Board met to get background on the Transition Plan decisions for the coming year. The meeting was strictly informational - there wasn't any discussion to speak of. Dr. Libros just ran through the long stack of slide one after the other bang, bang, bang.
Here's a link to the PowerPoint.
Here are some interesting points.
1. Nevermind what you thought the Capacity Management Policy says or what you thought the District would report about Capacity Management in the fall. The District staff won't even set the criteria or the metrics for capacity management until February or March of next year so there will not be a real Capacity Management Report this fall. Expect nothing from them.
2. Don't expect much Community Engagement. It's already November. It will soon be Thanksgiving and then Christmas and winter break and the Board will get their motion at the first meeting in January and vote on it in mid-January, so there just won't be any time for Community Engagement on any of the elements of the Transition Plan.
3. Your best chance at community engagement will come this month at meetings or online. There's supposed to be a link on the Enrollment web page for submitting comments and suggestions. I didn't see it.
4. The deadline for Program Placement proposals is November 24. I presume this process will be just as corrupt as it has always been.
5. There are 99 out-of-area students in the 9th grade at Franklin. That's over a quarter of the freshman class.
Some things are pretty clear:
The District staff don't really want to do anything about changing the Garfield attendance area. In fact, they don't appear to really want to change any attendance areas. Instead, a lot of the options for Garfield had to do with re-arranging APP.
AS#1 is, once again, on the chopping block.
The staff wanted to make it very clear that the Superintendent would decide - unilaterally - whether to re-purpose Jane Addams as a traditional middle school or leave it as a K-8.
The District wants to build a new middle school in the north-end. Where could it go? Not into the Pinehurst building - it is too desirable as a K-5. There area a lot of other options. The District has buildings and land in the north-end: Wilson-Pacific, Cedar Park, John Marshall, and more.
The Board was anxious for some action on creating more international schools but the staff is successfully delaying them.