Second part of a Work Session around Board policy Series 6000 from 4-5:30 p.m. This series is about operations including budgeting, revenues, purchasing, etc.
School Board Meeting - 6-9 p.m. Among items on the agenda:
- approval of superintendent search
- capital levy planning policy
- guiding principles for BEX IV planning (I guess this is just here because they need one because it says virtually nothing specific.)
- a public hand-slapping of the district by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) because they violated the union rights of a district employee trying to engage in union activities and failed to provide the union requested collective bargaining information in a timely fashion.
- appointment of new members of the BEX Oversight Committee (they all look good - I wish there were a single one in there, though).
It looks like Boren opens as a temporary site for a new elementary option to later be located at Fairmount park, Genessee Hill and/or Hughes. (That "and/or" may mean two schools, I assume.)
The action states that even with opening Boren, "there is a potential need of 25-35 portables, to be located at various sites throughout the District."
They are reallocating money from the Capital Budget from alleged saving from BTA III projects and BEX III projects. (I'd have to see this on paper because I worry about all this magical "savings" the district is so fond of touting without proof.)
From the action:
The primary student assignment changes to accommodate capacity management issues are: (1)
boundary adjustments to John Stanford, B.F. Day, and McDonald; and (2) modifications to
Geographic Priority Zones for Queen Anne, South Shore, and Thornton Creek.
Other than capacity-related assignment components, very few changes are being recommended
for the NSAP Transition Plan for 2012-13. These are generally based on streamlining and/or
clarifying assignment rules where greater clarity is needed about the specifics of implementation.
The principal changes are: (1) guaranteed assignment of Spectrum-eligible 5th graders to
Spectrum at their attendance area school; (2) more clear and equitable processes for
twins/multiples and siblings applying for school choice; (3) implementation of the International
School pathway from Denny to Chief Sealth (Spanish), and (4) address boundary changes at
John Stanford International School.
The program at Boren will be an elementary option school, serving grades K-5. No geographic
priority zone (GeoZone) is being recommended for this option school for 2012-13, since the goal
is to serve students from all West Seattle elementary schools.
The Waiver policy action includes a "Research and Data Sources" section that seems a bit sketchy to me. In short, the information there seems to be there to support the action and not what may be best practices. They do say that of 46 principals who responded to a survey, 52.2% stated they did NOT support material waivers and 47.8% did.
Boy, you should read the answers to the survey. Principals have several answers but none of them seem to be "it's a bad idea." The answers come out to:
- inequity between schools able to raise money for additional materials versus those who cannot
- yes, if the school can prove how it will enhance learning
- this would be a step backwards from Aligned curriculum
- worry about students who move to different schools
As far as the policy, it still retains a multi-step process that looks like a big hill to climb. It leaves all final decisions in the hands of the superintendent. There is no parent input involved in the process. T (That might happen at a school level but only if you have a principal who will agree.)
Don't look for more waivers anytime soon unless your PTA will pony up the money and your principal agrees to it.
Thursday, Jan. 5th
The district is starting its annual "College Goal Sunday" (apparently on a Thursday) at Ballard High School from 6-9 p.m.
The goal is to help high-school seniors applying for federal aid to higher education institutions. Trained volunteers will be on-hand to help parents and students with the (dreaded) FAFSA (Federal Student Aid form). Students and parents will also be able to talked with expert financial aid administrators about deadlines and other information about paying for college.
College Bound Scholarship seniors must complete the FAFSA by Feb. 1, 2012 to meet the deadline for priority funding.
There will be an event at nearly every high school during the month of January; visit the district website for other dates. Visit College Goal Sunday for more info.