Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee from 4-6 p.m. Some key items on the agenda:
- Highly Capable grant
- Wallace grant (this is the arts grant that the district won jointly with the City that was mentioned at the Superintendent/Mayor Town Hall last week)
- adjustments to school report
- Walk to Math
- Disciplinary Appeal Council
- Interventions Report
- Attendance Policy
We have discussed this quite a lot but key questions include:
- If the district does move APP students from Lowell, what grade levels would it include?
- How long would the move to Lincoln be (probably just a year if SBOC is to move in school year 2012-2013)?
- What will happen to APP in school year 2012-2013?
- Will there be ALOs available in schools without Spectrum?
- Why is Spectrum different at every school that has it?
- Why can a child test into Spectrum and yet not have access to a Spectrum seat?
- What will happen to APP given the larger numbers of students testing into it?
Accountability Audit Exit Conference from 4-5 p.m.
An accounting from the district to the State Auditor's report. These are always interesting.
Work Session on Capacity Management from 5-6:30 p.m.
I hope we see some good ideas and an overarching plan. Because here's a great question from reader ZB:
As with Charlie Mas's other plans to open and operate new schools, a big part of my questions are about whether overcrowded problems are permanent or temporary. Is the SPS school age population just permanently -- or long term bigger? Or are we dealing with a spike that will disappear in a couple of years?
We are putting out a HUGE amount of money reopening buildings. Somehow, two years ago, we believed that we had to close buildings but now we are continuing to reopen buildings and put in portables. That's a pretty big leap to make. Of course, something has to be done for short-term spikes but as we see, the surge capacity measures haven't resolved the problems.
We don't have the money to be wrong so I hope I see a real plan on Thursday.
Also, to put out on the radar for Special Ed parents and educators, Special Ed boot camps:
Washington Education Association has offered these for a number of years; they are open to educators, administrators, families & community members.
July 11-15 Federal Way
July 25-29 Lk Chelan
Aug 15-19 Vancouver, WA
Details at: Sp Ed Boot Camp 2011
This from Ramona Hattendorf, Washington State PTA government relations coordinator