The agenda includes Public Testimony. I made the list but so did three people speaking about Stevens. The directors had discussed how to make this as wide-ranging a group as possible but I'm thinking really did nothing to make that so.
I find the updates confusing. What I think I am reading is that staff wants no changes but mitigation efforts (some of which, as I predicted, they would likely be doing no matter what the vote).
They do have a caveat that if the staff recs are changed, an update will come by the end of the day today (Wednesday the 30th).
Fiscal Analysis. I find this a bit hard to read but they present Director Carr's amendment - to create JA Middle School next school year - in two forms. One is co-location until 2016 or co-locate one year and then JA K-8 moves out the next year to John Marshall.
Enrollment projections. Again, not a lot of help because we're not seeing the direct comparisons of what these head counts mean in various regions. Interestingly, many high schools are project to decrease slightly (40 or less).
For middle schools, there is a modest increase overall - from 8225 to 8352, a difference of 127 students. But where is that growth mostly? At Hamilton, up a whopping 98 students. I don't really get it (unless there are a lot of APP students). (Eckstein had been projected to be 50 fewer but it looks like it's only about 25.)
Other items of interest:
- K-5 STEM in West Seattle continues to grow at a good clip.
- Gatewood will be up over 500 students.
- Schmitz Park will be near 600.
- QA Elementary also continues a good clip and will be nearly 340.
- Bailey-Gatzert will go over 400.
- Bryant is projected to be over 600. (To note, View Ridge is nearly there already at 598.)
- JA K-8 is projected to be up 63 and nearly to 650 students.
- Olympic Hills? Up a whopping 55 students.
- Olympic View? It climbs up over the 500 student mark.
- Laurelhurst is projected to be down about 15 students (those boundaries need to be redrawn in that area).
- Very little growth in the NW except at Viewlands which will climb over 300.
- Ditto on the SE.
Low enrollment schools (per their building size) - Pinehurst (146) and Madrona (a newish K-8 building at 286 - not good)