Another of Superintendent Banda's Community meetings, this time at Bryant Elementary 3311 NE 60th Street from 6-7:30 p.m.
Director Peaslee Community meeting from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Lake City Library, 12501 128th Ave NE
Superintendent Banda Community meeting, this time at Concord International, 723 South Concord Street from 6-7:30 p.m.
School Board meeting at 4:15 p.m. Could I put in a plug here? Please write to the Board and tell them that this time is not conducive to real public engagement - firstname.lastname@example.org. Agenda.
One key item here is the Creative Approach Amendment that is supposed to put in School Board oversight to this process. I need to read it line for line but my quick read is...not so much. I feel the Board should have some kind of final input on any change. The issue to me is that this Amendment only says the Board has to approve a waiver request and not the overall change to a school that a Creative Approach application would provide.
I get very nervous when I see terms that are not defined and remain squishy. If it is not spelled out, it doesn't really count.
I note a Board Work Session on Creative Approach schools on October 24th from 5-6:30 p.m.
There is also a nearly $2M contract with Pearson for a new Student Information system (this is funded through BTA III which I don't recall). The old one, through a different company, was serviced by Pearson but guess what? Pearson isn't servicing it anymore and hence a new one. The district calls this "compelling financial advantages." Now there may be other advantages but since the staff doesn't feel compelled to explain what these are to taxpayers, I'll have to assume the advantage is that we know Pearson.
I note that the lone TFAer will be approved (I'm sure he will). This item does reveal that the district got the Seattle Foundation to pony up for this person's TFA fee of $4K per year. Interesting with all these "best and brightest" TFAers around that our site-based hiring teams don't seem to want to hire them. I guess experience counts for something in today's classroom.
Community Conversations to Support Student Success, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Rainier Beach High School, 8815 Seward Park Ave S. This is a parent discussion around alternatives to truancy, suspension and discipline. This is one of five meetings to be held on this subject over the next month.