If you missed it, Superintendent Banda ordered the administration at Garfield to give the MAP today. I don't know if that means administrators will give it or if they in turn will order the teachers (and see what the outcome is) but it may mean some high drama at Garfield. I do know that many students are going to walk.
What's happening in SPS this week:
School Board meeting at 4:15 p.m. Agenda. Among the items:
- recognition to LEV for South Shore K-8. I wonder if Chris Larson, who funds LEV for South Shore, will be there.
- update from school counselors
- vote on Creative Approach Waivers for Cleveland, Nova, Queen Anne, World School and Thornton Creek
- vote on Transportation Service Standards. I really apologize for letting this one fall through the cracks. I did mention it briefly when there was a Work Session that included this topic. There are time changes coming but I suspect that the whole thing may change when boundaries change. They are trying to move towards having a later start for high schools
- approval of revision of Strategic Plan at a cost of $125K with those funds from a grant. Unfortunately, we are not told what grant so I'll have to ask.
- a lot of Board procedure and policy revisions that I'll have to review. This includes policy on the Alternative Learning Experience schools or programs. It would remove Nova as a ALE school. Another interesting one is a revision to the policy on committees.
Policy No. 1240 was adopted on June 1, 2011. While the policy currently covers a variety of
topics regarding Board committees, this amendment is meant to provide further clarification for
the recording of committee meetings, including the circumstances surrounding the recording of a
meeting by a community member.
School Board Briefing/Proposed Action Report
Since this item was reviewed by the Executive Committee, the Policy has also been edited in
consultation with legal counsel to include the following sentence: “In accordance with good
governance practices, committees should act as if guided by the principles of the Open Public
Meetings Act (OPMA)”.
This may have been prompted by some issues of access to FACMAC meetings and recording them.
Director McLaren has a Community Meeting from 8:50-10:20 am (interesting hours) at Highland Park Elementary.
Director Carr has a Community Meeting from 8:30 am to 10 am at Bethany Community Church (entrance by playground).
Director Martin-Morris has a Community Meeting from 9:30-11:30 am at Diva Espresso at Lake City and 80th.
A shout out to those great elementaries in West Seattle participating in the "100 Day of School Food Drive." It was started by Arbor Heights (Ms. Ingerslev's class) and has now spread to Schmitz Park, Alki Elmentary and Cometa Playschool. Each class aims to collect 100 nonperishable food items by our 100th day of school (Feb. 20th). The food will go to the West Seattle Food Bank.