Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Short-Term Capacity Meeting Underway
Short-Term Capacity meeting packed. A lot of (and excess) explanations and I think parents are chomping at the bit to get questions started. Big APP at Lincoln contingent along with Adams. Not sure who else is here.
Boundary changes off the table until outcome of BEX done. Not even changing middle school feeder patterns.
Meeting on Friday at Hamilton with principal and staff so they can discuss options. Hamilton/APP at Lincoln parents, you might ask about attending to listen or asking for minutes from that meeting.
Move APP from Hamilton to McClure? That was one option proposed. Staff not really enthused but thought it could be discussed but not as a short-term solution.
Question about fire safety at Eckstein but staff says they do drills and do comply with needed safety activities (even if they don't have sprinklers everywhere).
One parent question - where is Teaching and Learning and Advanced Learning over moving APP students from Hamilton to Lincoln? Good question.
John Rodgers wants a portable to save music room. (One Adams parent wants Salmon Bay to take on more students to save Adams' music room and NOT add yet another portable. Yes, he knows Salmon Bay is an Option school but is adamant that ANY school with room should take on more students before continuing to stuff already overcrowded schools.)
Gloves coming off - Eckstein parents unhappy over district's lack of concern for their crowding. They suggest J. Addams moved immediately (to John Marshall?) to use Addam's building for middle school. (They seem to forget the promises made to J. Addams families.)
Also, big applause over NOT voting for BEX over this issue AND the perception that the district is favoring option schools over neighborhood schools. Uh oh.
Wish at least a couple of School Board members had stuck around to hear this input from parents.