I am also delighted that the speaker list carried over from last Wednesday's meeting. I expect that some listed speakers may get pressure to give up their places to people pushing the Board policy 1620B but I think many speakers who signed up for other reasons (like Whittier) may stand their ground. Good for them. (I, too, remain on the speakers list.)
Tuesday, January 24Executive Committee meeting from 10-noon. The only item on the agenda is the superintendent search.
Curriculum&Instruction/Operations Committee, Meeting of the Whole (rescheduled) from 4-7 p.m.
Going off the agendas from Jan. 19th, it appears that they will be discussing the contract for school yearbooks, high school graduation requirements and high school grade and credit marking (new to me).
Partial Furlough Day - Three-Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, January 25thWork Session on the Budget/BEX IV Planning Process from 4-5:30 p.m.
School Board Meeting from 6-9 p.m. Agenda.
There is the annual Disclosure of Financial/Conflict of Interest for the Board and the executive administrators. Nothing much new except that I note that Director Martin-Morris now works at the UW as a senior lecturer and that Noel Treat, Deputy Superintendent, this year acknowledged his relationship to the head of the Alliance for Education, Sara Morris (she is his wife of his brother-in-law).
They will be appointing the new members of the BEX Oversight Committee as well as approving the Short-Term Capacity Management and NSAP Transition Plan for 2012-2013. One interesting thing is the maps for the Geozones. Most have a fairly normal appearance (given the city's geography) but South Shore's is a bit of a crazy quilt.
There is the introduction of the Creative Approach Schools MOU with the SEA. More on this in a separate thread.
There is a policy book preamble. I note this section:
The Board’s policy website shall clearly delineate which policies are being reviewed, the timeline for the review, the lead staff assigned to the policy, the committee that will review the policy, a link to the draft policy presented at a Board committee or work session, and how to send feedback on the policy.
Well, I have gone to the Board's webpage several times to check policies and did not find them accessible. It would be a good idea if what they write in their preamble is actually the case in fact.
As well, there is the introduction of the Series 6000 policies which will skip the next Board meeting (to allow time for community input) and then be voted
Then there is the-now infamous Policy 1620B. I haven't reread it since the Executive Committee meeting but I'm hoping the language is less blunt and harsh. I also hope that some of Charlie's suggestions were in there.
I can say a couple of things that you should know about this issue:
- this work was NOT on their work plan agreed to for the year that they set up at the last Board retreat; it is new work, it is the Board's work and frankly, should be heard by ALL members - at a work session, the next Board retreat or a full Committee of the Whole Executive committee meeting. There is no rush to this work.
- Director Smith-Blum, in trying to find best practices in other districts, checked on this type of policy. Out of 25 urban districts that she checked, only four have such a policy. This seems to indicate it is not a typical policy that most Boards see as necessary.
There is also a resolution for introduction around new CTE fund for skills center programs. There is no info as of yet on this. I am hoping that this stage also includes RBHS.
Thursday, January 26thAnother Work Session on the Budget/BEX IV Planning process from 4-6 p.m. I'll have to ask how they will have these two meetings because I would like to hear more about BEX IV.
Friday, January 27thSnow Make-Up day - School will be in session.
BEX Oversight Committee meeting (rescheduled) from 8:30-10:30 am
Saturday, January 28thCommunity Meeting with Director Patu from 10 am - noon at Cafe Vita, 5028 Wilson Avenue S.