Update - my iPad is not cooperating so I will have to stop live blogging.
1) One of the larger crowds I have ever seen at a Work Session.
2) Charlie and I are both here. Uh oh.
Michael Tolley, blah, blah, timeline.
Sherry Carr - what do you want from us?
Tolley - a nod, affirmation that this is the right thing and feedback
(Note: this is a LOT of information so I don't know how much overall agreement there can be.)
Tolley reviewing Board policy on Educational and Racial Equity.
Lost a bit there but there was a discussion from DeBell about being fiscally able to enact these.
Peaslee asked if it would not be easier to move programs/services than boundaries. Libros said that they used to "plop" programs where they had space and this would address that. (I note that does not answer the question directly.)
DeBell wanted to add on Libros' statements. But he said we had open choice and school level management and "we have to reel back in." If we have a minimum of PE/arts, then we need to get there for all students.
Tolley on page 11 now and has excerpted a portion of the Superintendent's procedure.
First up, ELL.
Next, Special Ed. "Design is not complete subject to bargaining process."
Peaslee - situations now where higher concentration of Special Ed in some areas, higher than regular percentage, wondering if any way that will be addressed?
Libros - WSS formula this year included a weighting for certain adm positions for students needing these services. Libros stressed how overcrowded buildings already are. Worse before it gets better.
Smith-Blum - Pilot ideas around using our facilities for longer periods, like a college (rather than a smaller space of time).
Tolley - those conversation have occurred in the past and have not incorporated it here but we are "at the beginning of the process." An odd statement given how far along they truly are.
Smith-Blum - compliation of Special Ed services shows gaps. Wondering if we are going to see a roll-up of that idea in this presentation.
Libros - gave you packet of maps previously, how this evolves, this is crucial info. (what this means, I don't know)
Tolley - said not finalized design but still working
Charlie points out that on page 15, they quote the WAC rather than any district/Board policy because there is NO policy.
Tolley - reading slides but NOT saying what "services" he is referencing.
Peaslee - APP parents concerned about splits.
Tolley - at the beginning of conversation (Charlie says maybe but it's the end of the decision-making process if you look at this presentation). Will answer towards end when he presents data (I believe he means the heat maps.)
Tolley - how to provide services with each type of pathway
Peaslee - previous map showed where APP students are living now, these are only APP students using service