There are two new SPS schools on this year's state list for low achievement; AS#1 and RBHS. Now SPS, trying to put a good spin on it, makes it sound like this is a great thing for them to be able to apply for state grants (ranging from $50k to $2M a year over 3 years starting next fall).
Sealth is also on the list but SPS is NOT going to apply for a grant for them"because the school is well into implementation of a plan to ensure a high‐achieving school. “While additional funding would be helpful, we do not want to disrupt the momentum that has been created.”
Again I say...what? There is a chance for money to help a school that is still getting its footing and is going to be transitioning to a joint campus with a middle school and we aren't applying for the funds? How is more money "disrupting the momentum?"
Districts that participate have to choose from four federally designated intervention models and SPS, in 2010, chose "Transformation." This was for Hawthorne, West Seattle Elementary and Cleveland High.
What's interesting is that if they got the grant for RBHS, they wouldn't just give up one of the two principals there (and this was one of staff's second-tier recommendations) but BOTH of them. Meaning, a totally new principal would come into RBHS. Principal Roy Merca would stay at AS#1.
There is not enough money for all the schools on the state list so there's no guarantee SPS will get grant money.
Next is good news for Chief Sealth. From KUOW a report that Chief Sealth seniors get a free year at South Seattle CC.
The scholarship comes from a foundation that raises money for South Seattle Community College. The only requirement: Students have to apply for financial aid. Whatever they can't get in grants, the foundation will pay. Graduates of Cleveland High School have had this same offer for three years. Fifteen students took advantage of it this school year. The principal at Chief Sealth says if all his students go for the South Seattle scholarship next school year, the whole deal will be worth about a million dollars.
Tomorrow, Saturday the 15th, Directors DeBell, Martin-Morris and Sundquist all have meetings. Here's the School Board listing for places and times.