Tuesday, September 20th
@ 7:30 pm the 43rd Legislative District Democrats will be voting on endorsements, including three School Board seats. The 43rd LD meets at University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way NE
Wednesday, September 21
Community Meeting with Director Sundquist, from 11 am to 12:30 p.m. at the Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW
Presentation by PASS (the principals' association) to the School Board on goals for this school year, from 5:30 -5:45 p.m. at headquarters (right before the School Board meeting)
School Board meeting, 6-9 p.m. Agenda is fairly short so it shouldn't be three hours. There are some facilities acceptance items, approval of the High Point Promise Neighborhood application (which seems like a good deal as the money, $455,472 is "in-kind" from existing grant dollars and is for services at West Seattle Elementary and Denny Middle School), the postponed Conditional Certification for two TFA teachers, intro of the Series 5000 Board policies, taking $2.4M from rental revenues from Capital and moving it to the General Fund (more on that one), and a BEX program resolution allowing the COO or Superintendent or head of Capital Programs to sign State funding assistance documents.
The one item I have some concern about is the High Point one as the resolution only speaks of West Seattle Elementary and Denny Middle while the MOU includes Chief Sealth. Also, at the Operations Committee meeting it had to be pointed out that the BEX resolution for signatures (mentioned above) had to be corrected to be "or" because they had put "and" instead and that would have meant ALL three people would have had to sign instead of just one person.
These kind of small details are troubling. We have a Legal department and yet these are things that you'd think wouldn't be missed (and could cause issues later on). Hmmm.
Also, the movement of capital funds to the General Fund - this is okay, this is legal and this is how they balance the budget. The item notes that there is enough money in Capital to do so. Well, yes, there is but it's not like it couldn't be put to good use in our buildings. Again, this is why we fall further and further behind in the care and upkeep of our buildings.
36th Dems Endorsement Meeting, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N. at 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 24th
DeBell - 9-11 am, Cafe Appasionato, 4001 21st Ave W.
Martin-Morris - 9:30 am-11:30 am, Diva Espresso, 8014 Lake City Way NE
Patu - 10 am - noon, Tully's, 4400 Rainier Ave South
Maier - 10:30 am - noon, Lake City library, 12501 28th Avenue NE
My comment here is that there are NO community meetings next weekend. I sure wish the Directors could coordinate things so that every weekend (except for holidays) could have a community meeting.
Also, just as a plug for the School Board challengers, Sharon Peaslee's campaign is urging parents to attend a high school football game, either at Memorial Stadium or at one of the other locations, and hand out flyers or wave a sign. You cannot do this on the grounds but you can stand on the sidewalk as people go in. There are a lot of voters/parents at these games so a good chance to connect with people.