You should make plans to come given the uncertainty of what the Transportation Plan is at this time. Both the Board and Banda should be able to see parents mean business.
To note: if you want to speak, sign-up starts at 8 am Monday morning, 252-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You have two minutes so time that talk.
On the upside, Leo Pfeifer, the young Salmon Bay director, will show his award-winning short film, Who Owns Free Speech, from 5:45-5:55 pm. (Note to all; if you don't want to watch it, please do not stay in the room and talk. I've seen this many times with young performers and frankly, some of us DO like to watch the student presentations.)
Superintendent's comments - BEX IV update. Reading the agenda I suddenly remembered an issue that I am going to ask you all to consider writing the Board about because of the huge waste of money involved. Namely, doing BTA work on schools now on the BEX IV list.
It is a waste of valuable capital dollars. Pure and simple. One of the most notable was the redo of tennis courts, playfield and baseball diamonds at Denny under BTA II, only to see them ripped out for the Denny/Sealth BEX III project AND now being redone again. You paid for that to happen.
Sadly, they have already done BTA III work on a proposed BEX IV project, namely Bagley.
My view is that ANY school that is on a proposed BEX IV list AND on a BTA III project list needs to go to the bottom of the BTA III list. That way, if that school doesn't make BEX IV, they still get their work done. However, if they DO get on the BEX IV list, we aren't paying for upgrades that will be destroyed in 6 years.
I'm sure the capital staff has many reasons for doing these projects but I can only say none of the projects are emergencies (because, if so, they would have been done a lot sooner). They could push these off until the BEX list is final. It's a matter of months at this point.
I urge you to write to Pegi McEvoy and the Board and tell them to please consider doing this to save precious capital dollars.
Under Action Items;
- approval of Superintendent Contract. I hope there is no discussion on this issue - just vote yes. The link for this item is not yet available.
- The Lake City School lease buy-out has been pulled by request of the A&F Committee. Good idea.
- Transportation Service Standards - the proposal has numerous strike-outs but no new times.
- Amending Policy No. 4237 - Advertising and Commercial Activities. As most of you know, the district created this policy against advertising on district property. It was a joint kind of decision with the nutrition policy against junk food being sold. The outcome, though, was a severe loss of funds to the Associated Student Body fund. This is the high school fund that the students use to fund their activities. For less well-off high schools, this change meant big cuts to their funding. It also instituted "pay for play".
What is telling is that now, with this new amendment, the district would take some of the money. To whit:
By permitting some advertising, especially on fields, stadiums and scoreboards, it is hoped that revenue can be generate to share between the schools and the district to offset the revenue losses that occurred previously.
At this point, because the amount of revenue from fields, etc, is unknown, it is recommended that for the first year of the policy all revenue generated from advertising on fields, stadiums and scoreboards be placed in a line item in the general fund budget, and that all revenue be tracked by what type of advertising it is and where it is located. In June of 2013, after a year of implementation of the policy, it is recommended that staff bring to the Audit & Finance Committee a recommendation about revenue sharing between schools and the district.
First, I'm pretty sure that when advertising was permitted, the district took little from the revenues. (Help me out if my recollection is wrong.)
It is possible that the revenue generated through advertising will cover the operating costs of overseeing the advertising process. If not, the general operating fund would cover the costs of this endeavor.
Revenue generated from advertising on the annual calendar would go to support the creation of
the annual calendar, thus freeing up general operating dollars from that activity.
It is not recommended that the revenue sharing process from fields, stadiums, scoreboards and
possible school signage be developed now, as until we know what type of advertising revenues
are generated and from where, any process would be simply speculative.
I agree they don't have a good idea of how much they can generate (they could check other districts, though).
I also agree they don't have to develop how the revenues will be give out to the high schools now but I believe the majority of the money should go to ASB.
- Amending Policy 2255 - Alternative Learning Experience schools or programs. I need Charlie to tell me what he thinks here.
- Realignment of director districts based on new precinct boundaries. The populations for each Director's district must be almost the same so they had to refigure the boundaries based on new Census data.
District One (Peaslee) - it appears she takes a tiny little chunk of District Two (Carr) from the NW (it's hard to figure out but it is around 100-107th between 1-4th NW.)
District Four (DeBell) will take a tiny chunk from Carr at 50th and a bit west.
District Two will take a tiny chunk from District Three (Martin-Morris), east of Greenlake by the freeway.
District Three will take a couple of tiny chunks from District Five (Smith-Blum), mostly at the south edge of District Three downtown.
District VI West Seattle (McLaren) and District VII SE (Patu) are unchanged.