The Board will meet next week for their regular legislative meeting. The agenda has been posted to the District web site.
Some items of note:
The Teaching and Learning Update, presented by Cathy Thompson will be an update on STEM. I don't know what they have to report or why they chose to report at this time, but I'll be happy to see it. Points of interest for me will be an update on the STEM budget, feedback on the NTN materials, and an update on the ALE process. I hope they will report that the school demographics haven't changed much and the high number of the students who come from the neighborhood.
The Board is scheduled to vote on Consulting Services for Program Evaluation; Teacher Incentive Fund, but the contract isn't there for them to review. This reminds me of the NTN contract, the Annual Approval of Schools, and the $750,000 contract for high school alignment that the Board voted to approve immediately after acknowledging that they didn't know what it was about. The Board needs to exercise oversight and they can't do that if the staff doesn't provide them with the necessary resources. The Board really should defer the vote on this until they - and the public - have had a chance to review the contract. There's no urgency, no emergency. Let's see how much they care about oversight, about transparency, and about building trust. Only a mindless rubber-stamp board would approve this motion this week.
As usual, the bulk of the Board votes are about property management - mostly approving construction or maintenance contracts. five of them are for introduction and action at the same meeting. Are these emergencies? No, the contractors just won't wait another two weeks.
The Introduction Items begin with a Resolution in support of the City’s Family and Education Levy. That's followed by a Resolution authorizing a Reduction in Force.
Then the introduction items finish with more property management stuff.
You can see how it would be best if the District found some way to out-source a lot of this property management work to allow them to focus on academics. Moreover, they just aren't good at it. Seattle Public Schools is one of the biggest land owners in the state, but I wouldn't want them to manage a real estate portfolio for me.