Wednesday, June 6th
School Board Meeting - Agenda
Our first Board meeting that starts at 4:15 p.m. with the Speakers List at 5:00 p.m. Please remember to give testimony, you should call/write tomorrow morning starting at 8 am - 252-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board will run through the Consent agenda, student presentation, and superintendent comments by 5 p.m. Then there is Public Testimony, Board comments and then Business Action Items.
The agenda has some interesting items. To note:
- Amending Policy #2255, the Alternative Learning Experience Schools (namely, Cleveland, Nova, Intergency and Cascade Parent Partnership Program (homeschooling). The policy is required to name the schools to the State but the district wants waiver for Cleveland. The item says "the only reason they are an ALE is the 150-credit hour requirement for credit." What is puzzling is that the last Board meeting, it was stated that the the district had applied and told that waivers were no longer being granted. I don't quite get this one.
Also, here's what it says for "community engagement" - Discussions with ALE principals and program managers constitute the community engagement for this work. Sorry, still not community engagement but nice try.
- realignment of Board Director districts because of population changes from the Census. No Directors will change districts nor will any schools change districts. However, some of you (very few but some) may now be in a different district. Check the maps.
- Social Studies adoption. The amount has now gone down from $400k to $250k. As you may recall, Charlie reported how C&I had to go to the Board and explain that they didn't ask the right questions to schools and basically didn't do enough work when initially putting together the budget. No mention of that here, of course.
There is one tantalizing bit - One high school is considering using only e-books rather than hard-copy books. They don't name the school but I have to think it might be Cleveland because what other high school would have enough laptops /e-readers for students to use?
Under Intro items:
- 2012-2013 Student Rights and Responsibilities - I urge parents to read through this; these are the polices that affect your student. It might be good to know what they are. Interestingly, there was also this:
- Reading & Writing Project Network Contract for $343k for professional development services. No contract available or info.
Friday, June 8th
Community Meeting with Director McLaren at the Southwest Library, from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Saturday, June 9th
Director Carr from 8:30-10 am, Bethany Community Church, access from N 81st by playgorund
Director Martin-Morris from 9:30-11:30 am, Diva Espresso, Lake City Way
Director Smith-Blum from 10-11:30 am, Capitol Hill Library