If I had to say, it seems that Director McLaren was the swing vote. It came down to equity even as Director Martin-Morris tried to say that equity was only about school quality. It's also about how you treat parents and students as you move in that direction. I'm surprised he doesn't see this.
DeBell spoke out someone angrily about the vote saying the Board lacked courage. He said public expected clear and decisive action when there is an obvious problem.
This is somewhat unusual to have directors debate a vote AFTER the vote.
McLaren also said she believed in clear and decisive action "seize the bull by the horns" when it needs to be done. This was a difficult decision, she stated. "But I strongly believe we are signaling our purpose as a district to put the needs of our most challenged students and families first as we go forward."
Laurelhurst will now go to Eckstein instead of Hamilton.
Carr, I want to put a big "checkmark" next to what DeBell said. Message to Board and management team is that you need to do something. She said that 3 out of the 4 directors north of the ship canal wanted this. (I get that but DeBell is NOT in the NE; Martin-Morris, Peaslee and Carr are.) As well, directors are responsible in their votes for the ENTIRE district.
Smith-Blum really gave some very statesman-like remarks. She thanked all who sent her e-mails and thanked the staff.
I get the feeling a lot of these remarks are directed at those not in the room. I'm sure the yes votes are going to get an earful from some parents and, of course, the powers that be.