I confess - I haven't been able to keep up on BEX IV as I would have liked. But I have noticed (and noted) that, true to form, this BEX follows the pattern of previous ones (except on steriods).
1. Changes to the list in the last month before it is approved? Check.
2. Lack of clarity about changes and no fleshed-out explanations? Check.
3. A Board in a hurry-up mode "because we have to get this done to get it qualified for the ballot in time?" Check.
Again, it's a list of projects but you are really just voting for a pot of money. They can change that list but that really isn't my worry.
It's that this high-cost, long-term project has not been walked through in a clear and deliberate manner. What is it that is being accomplished and what does that mean down the road?
I note that the West Seattle Blog was at the BEX IV public hearing yesterday and it appears from their reporting, that the speakers list wasn't full. That's not a surprise as I think parents are exhausted and confused.
I also note that between now and the vote on BEX IV, on November 7th, there is just ONE Director Community meeting (that's Director Patu's this Saturday).
(I have said before that I don't get why, if there are seven directors, that there can't be one every weekend so parents have direct access to someone once a week.)
But this is a huge and important investment for the district AND for parents. The district is going to ask PTAs and parents to get out there and sell these levies to their friends, neighbors and co-workers. And yet, parents can't even get their basic questions out there, in person, to directors.
Yes, I know you can e-mail but it's not the same as looking someone in the face and asking them, as your elected official, why they like this plan, what it means and how it will affect your region. (And fyi, pass I-1240 and you won't even have that option because if there are more than 3 school districts that sign on as authorizers, I'll be very surprised. You are never going to be able to advocate to the Charter Commission and they aren't elected anyway.)
So BEX IV will clear the Board vote on November 7th, the day after an equally exhausting election season, but probably in a room of bleary-eyed parents, tired and worried. Those parents will hear assurances that all is well and the district knows what it is doing (despite the evidence that they don't because if they did we would all see a clear narrative of what is being done and why).
Or maybe, like the public hearing on the subject, no one will show up.