Reminder: sign-ups for the School Board meeting next Tuesday (not Wednesday because of the 4th of July holiday) are tomorrow, Friday the 29th starting at 8 am. The agenda is not yet available.
Call 252-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be the first "official" Board meeting for Superintendent Banda. I note that there has been discussion here over the K-5 STEM program, late-breaking principal placements and our favorite, the math curriculum. This is a good opportunity to get his attention.
There is also a Executive Committee of the Whole today from 5:10-6:30 p.m. It could be quite interesting.
Speaking of Banda, the event in his honor at El Centro de la Raza (with the Alliance) was very nice. I realize now that the Alliance needed a head count as they generously served food and drink. It was a big crowd when full (I'd say at least 200+ people). The Mayor attended as did Michael DeBell, Sherry Carr, Kay Smith-Blum and I think Director Martin-Morris.
There were a few interesting comments from the speakers.
Sara Morris, head of the Alliance - "Bringing communities together" has been the Alliance's bedrock. Really? I would not have thought that at all, at any time in the Alliance's history and particularly not now.
Tom Stritikus, Dean of the College of Ed at UW - He chose, for whatever reason, to give his entire speech in Spanish. It was at a Latino group's building but as Estela Ortega said, it was room that was a rainbow of diversity. I thought it odd but I believe the Dean wanted to make public a link with Banda but I think it was off-putting to many (at least three people asked me what was up with it).
Michael DeBell - Also spoke some Spanish but switched back to English. He talked about Banda's ""journey to Seattle" and how Banda was the "CEO" of the district. He asked the crowd to give him time to "make connections, to allow him to learn what he needs to know."
Jose Banda - Relaxed, friendly, good at making connections. He stood for at least an hour, greeting everyone who stood in line to meet him. It was a great start.