First up, do not forget to participate in any surveys available on curriculum adoption, the new SPS website or to apply to be on a curriculum adoption committee.
The survey on Parent/Teacher Conferences is only live through 4 p.m. on Monday the 3rd.
Also, sign up for the School Board meeting speakers list starting at 8 am on Monday, 252-0040 or e-mail: email@example.com.
There will be a School Board Executive Session from 4-5:30 p.m. before the regular School Board meeting at 6 p.m. (The public cannot attend Executive Sessions; this on is on "contract negotiations" and an "employee appeal". I'm thinking the contract one may be about the principals' contract.)
- the Superintendent will be speaking about TIF, the Teachers Incentive Fund. Things have been quiet on this front so it might be interesting.
- the CAO, Susan Enfield, will giving an annual update on CTE (Career-Technical education)
- the Board will give its "Annual Disclosure of Financial/Conflict of Interest"
- BEX is asking fro more money ($800k+) for modifications to contracts for 4 schools. Interestingly, they still claim "under budget" so if they are under budget, why do they need more money?
- Also, Hale will not be done by March (as had been said previously) but now their date is July 2011. Ingraham's addition has no data but I don't believe the neighbors filed an appeal so this project will likely move forward. Denny-Sealth project #2 (Denny Middle) is scheduled to be done March 2011 and Denny-Sealth project #3 (sports fields) done by October 2011. All of these are changes in dates and yet they still say "on time".
- I can't believe how many times "permit delays" is the reason for more costs. I have told the Board and the City Council that there should be an express line for SPS and no one on the Council has ever said no. Can't this get done in 2011? Also, on the Denny-Sealth Project #3, they say they didn't ask the construction company to handle the administrative work but now the district wants them to so more money is needed. Really? We absorbed 3 people from the now-defunct Small Business program and yet we still need to pay outside people for administrative work on what is a small, uncomplicated project to rebuild some sports fields? And also, BEX people, get some new "Research and Data Sources". They have used at least 2-3 of those as a "source" for 5+ years. We are no longer in a "perfect storm" for construction costs.
- Introduction of the Transition Plan for 2011-2012. This needs another thread but folks, you might want to look this over. I see some issues here.
- However, if you look at the Transportation Service Standards for 2011-2012, it seems like the new APP/IB program is a go at Ingraham.
- Approval of 3-day professional development days waiver for 2011-12, 2012-13 school years. The idea is to have full-days rather than 6 half days. The district claims for BOTH the parent/teacher conference waiver AND the professional development days waiver that they meet "the 1,000 annual average hours of instructions during the most recent 2-year waiver period." Keep in mind that is the average - your child's school may have less. Ask your principal how many hours your school averages.
- An amendment to allow a public advisor to the Audit and Finance Committee
All the surveys AND committee filings close on Thursday, January 6th.
Education Town Hall Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Thornton Creek Elementary, 7711 43rd Avenue NE Seattle, WA
Hosted by: Senator-elect Scott White, School Board members Sherry Carr and Peter Maier
Update: Yet another Executive Session is to be held this week, this one on potential litigation and employee complaint. Hmmm.
Sherry Carr has a community meeting from 8:30 am-10:30 am at the Greenwood Neighborhood Center.
Also the Board has a retreat on Saturday from 10 am - 5 p.m. This is open to the public but no location is TBD.