Monday, October 15th
Superintendent Banda will be busy as he bounces from the Seattle Special Education PTA meeting and the Seattle Council PTA meeting. Both are from 7-9 p.m.
The Seattle Council meeting is in the auditorium but it is unclear where the Special Ed PTA is meeting. I'll find out and post it.
The Seattle Council PTA meeting includes Q&A on I -1240. It also includes a presentation of the BEX IV levy.
Tuesday, October 16th
Operation Committee Meeting from 4-6 p.m. Agenda. To note, Pegi McEvoy will give an update on the BEX IV levy to the group. Other items include the Student Assignment plan for 2013-2014.
Wednesday, October 17th
School Board meeting. Agenda.
A rather important one as this will introduce the BEX IV levy list AND the Board will vote on a resolution of a NO against I-1240. I suspect quite a run for the speakers list especially from those supporting charters and the downtown folks.
To get on the speakers list, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-0040 at 8 am on Monday, the 15th.
On the agenda, hiring yet another TFA teacher (pretty late to be hiring so it's a puzzlement).
Here's the submitted BEX IV list at $694.9M. I will plaintively note that roof work really belongs in BTA as should labs. I do not understand how BTA and BEX work seems to be all mixed together and now includes academics and other items. BTA should be for major work and renovations and BTA for major maintenance and technology and BOTH should be for capital work only.
The Operations levy is at $551.9M. I note that it is stated that this levy is about 27% of our district's budget.
The total for both? $1.2B. Still breathtaking.
Also on the agenda, redefining high school credit:
This action would revise Board Policy 2420 that outlines high school grading and the awarding
of high school credits. It adds a requirement that at least a “D” or a “passing” grade (pursuant to
the Counseling Manual’s rules about non-letter grades) is earned before credit may be awarded.
In addition, a provision is added to allow schools to request an exemption from the 150 hours of
planned instructional activities per credit requirement through the process outlined in the
And this - South Transit North Link Construction Easement - Tieback at Roosevelt High School
This agreement is a six-year temporary underground construction easement for Sound Transit
North Link Light Rail project. This will encumber 7,721 square feet on the south west end of the
Roosevelt High School Athletic Field at approximately 60 ‘to 90’ beneath the ground surface. An
appraisal was completed and the value of the easement is $25,000. Per Board Policy 6220, any
real estate contracts with a term longer that five years requires Board approval.
Okay, but how much more will that easement affect the noise/vibration level at Roosevelt? I live in the neighborhood and we already dread the years of tunneling and those kids at Roosevelt? Good luck because it will be day and night. Hmm.
Thursday, October 18th
Roadmap to College: College Application Completion Event from 3-7 p.m. at Nathan Hale High School
Resources will be provided to support students with their college
applications, specifically their college essay. This includes access to
computers, printers, and trained writing tutors.
Each student will be given a toolkit with step-by-step guides for
applying to local colleges, fee waiver information and writing tips.
For more information and to register, visit www.roadmaptocollege.org.
Friday, October 19th
BEX Oversight Committee Meeting from 8:30 a.m-10:30 am - I wonder what has been said at these meetings about the BEX IV list?
Saturday, October 20th
Community Meeting with Director DeBell from 9-11am, Cafe Appassionato,
4001 21st Ave W.
Roadmap to College: College Application Completion Event from 11 am- 1:30 p.m.
at Chief Sealth High School
Family Symposium from 10 am to 3 p.m. at Chief Sealth High School.
The goal of the symposium is to support families as fundamental partners
in their student’s academic success. SPS will offer workshops and other
resources for families and community partners to help support student
academic achievement at home and in the community.
The symposium, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a resource
fair with community booths and activities for children ages 4 and up.
Families will learn how to support their children in the areas of early
learning, math, reading and writing, college and career readiness,
special education, essay writing for college entrance, graduation
requirements and four-year planning, and financial planning. A light
continental breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
In addition, SPS enrollment specialists will be available to help
parents complete early enrollment paperwork for the 2013-14 school year,
and interpreters will be provided.