As most of you know, budgets are now being developed at both the district and school levels. There is a WSS (Weighted Staffing Standards) Committee made up, I believe, of a several principals and staff members. At the budget work session last week, the principals spoke up and said they could not take any more cuts and, in fact, needed some money restored.
I wasn't at this Work Session but Dorothy Neville was and said you could hear the worry in their voices.
I do wonder what would happen if PUSH really did come to SHOVE. Meaning, what if district administration would give up something BIG to protect the schools? Like MAP or some athletics programs or ??? - you tell me.
If you are interested in the budget process, it will be the topic of discussion at the next Seattle Council PTSA meeting on Monday, Feb. 13th. Here's their blurb:
Join us at our next Seattle Council PTSA General Meeting where we will discuss the nuts and bolts of school allocations plus an update on the State Budget and how that impacts SPS. This is a great opportunity for PTA/PTSA Presidents, Treasurers, PTA Budget Committee members and BLT (Building Leadership Team) reps to understand school budgets. Been through school budgets lots of times before? Come share your experiences with PTSA leaders who are new to the process.
School Board President, Michael DeBell and Sherry Carr, School Board Chair for Audit and Finance, will be there to answer questions.
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the JS Center, Rooms 2772-2774
Thanks to reader Steve for this information.
Also, many of you have been letting me know about the Advanced Learning surveys that you have received via e-mail.
This is a survey developed by the Advanced Learning Taskforce. We are fortunate enough to have a professional on the team who wrote the survey so we hope it is better than the usual survey.
Note: different parents will receive different surveys. We have a survey for nearly every kind of parent so that we can shape the questions to their experience (as well as ask general questions on what they would like/change/keep). I am trying to get a live survey link so that as many people as possible can take it.