- 2 each from the 7 director district regions (14)
- 2 each from the four special program areas (ELL, Spec. Ed, AL, Alts) (8)
- 2 from the Seattle Council PTSA (2)
- 2 from the City of Seattle government (2)
- 2 at-large community reps with technical expertise (2)
- 2 student reps (2)
- 2 ad-hoc community reps ("for communications) (2)
From the district:
There will be a School Board Work Session on November 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. The district's consultant, Dr. Les Kendrick, will be presenting a report on demographic trends for our district.
Updates: In West Seattle, it appears the district will not take the Hughes building back from Westside School and will try opening Fairmount Park instead. Steve Sundquist also stated at the forum last night that Genesee Hill may be reopened as well (former home of Pathfinder where, ironically, the entire middle school was housed in portables). Steve also said something about Boren housing these two schools until their buildings were ready. So Boren is becoming Lincoln South.
There was also a statement made by one of the incumbents last night, something about how we NOW have the right numbers for capacity.
I'm sorry but other districts do NOT go through these tortured explanations of how many students can fit in a building.
There is the legal capacity (as defined by the Fire Department), built capacity (as the district states when it builds them) and then the capacity with programs in place.
That there are some SPS buildings that have had at least 5 different capacities over the last 10 years is ridiculous and it HAS TO STOP. It makes planning impossible. Enough with guessing/estimating - pick a number and stick to it.
So what are the concerns out there? Here are some I drew up from previous reader comments and the work of Kellie LaRue:
- what effect will these changes have on the NSAP? Will boundaries be redrawn (as clearly they will be if you are reopening schools)? What about siblings?
- it is very troubling that there are schools that will reach their enrollment (or be over) by 2015. What is the long-term plan?
- The middle schools seem to be deeply troubling. Hamilton was designed to have some room and now is maxed out. Hamilton has 40k fewer square feet than Eckstein and yet its stated capacity is larger than Eckstein (without portables). This would seem to be an error.
- is there to be a cut-off of what percentage of students in any given school are in portables?
- when does the number of students in portables trigger the need for a portable with a bathroom?
- what about leasing portables so there is an "end-date" for their use?
- What this sobering report from the SAO (via reader Greg) on the costs of using portables.
- What is the status of the Cedar Park school?
- What about John Marshall or Wilson Pacific as a middle school?
- Are you taking into account all the Special Ed needs especially for fragile populations?
- Should Spectrum seats be at Option schools since set-aside program seats in a neighborhood plan is a clash?
- AS#1- what can the district do to attract more students there to take the pressure off other schools?
- Will there be a citizens' committee for BEX IV since this planning is going to run right into that planning?
- If Boren and Lincoln are in such heavy use, what will the district do about rebuilding under BEX IV as the district traditionally moves school communities out as they renovate? Will they follow the model of Hale and use portables so the school community stays on-site during the renovations?
- What about the idea of a kindergarten "village" - all Ks from one region going to a single building for K and then dispersing for 1-5?
Also, the Committee's meetings are public. Here's the schedule so far with times TBA.
Tuesday, October 25th, Thursday, November 3rd, Tuesday, November 29th, Thursday, Jan. 5th
Yes, I know. The Board is going to be voting on an intermediate plan before the end of the year so it is not clear to me how this overlaps. I'll need to put a call in soon and ask.