To note, it appears there will be no other district/Board meetings after the July 3rd Board meeting until early August.
Wednesday, July 3rd
School Board meeting at 4:15 p.m. - Agenda
Even during the sleepy summer months, a lot is happening. At this meeting, the Strategic Plan will be voted on.
The Board will heard a report about FERPA re: Common Core and the student data "cloud." (I will be putting out a white paper on this topic so look for that.)
The Board will vote to extend the Superintendent's contract by one year to June 2016. (They are not considering a raise until after bargaining agreements are done and the district's budget is set. I personally would not be for a raise at this point in time. Apparently, according to the item, there is no public input sought on the issue of a raise or extension of his contract.)
Hey and look what is delayed (again)? It's the Highly Capable Student Program State Grant. No grant form attached so the Superintendent is delaying it until August 21st.
The district wants to transfer $3.3M from Capital to the General Fund, I believe for, technology salaries and higher than expected general maintenance. But here's the explanation and a prize for the person who susses it out for me best:
Technology salaries have been budgeted and expended in both the Capital Projects Fund and the General Fund. According to the State Accounting Manual, certain of these expenditures should be recorded in the General Fund, which then may be reimbursed by the Capital Projects Fund.
The General Fund budget will have increased salary expenditures. This will not require a budget extension because there is capacity within the General Fund for this increase in expenditures.
These expenditures will be reimbursed by the Capital Fund through transfers between the funds,
so there is no net effect on the fund balance. The Capital Fund will have decreased salary
expenditures and a corresponding increase in transfers out to the General Fund, with no effect on
the fund balance.
I know what all these words mean. I think I understand what it means but I would like to hear what others think it does.
There is an Intro item about giving a conditional contract to another TFAer. It also answers the question of who is continuing to pay TFA's fee of $3k per teacher. That would be the Seattle Foundation. But it's a placeholder; no names, no schools. There should be names by the Action vote. The Board should not approve any ghost-jobs.
Adoption of the Operations Budget $651M and the Capital Budget $46M.
How much is the contract for milk products for School Breakfast, Lunch or Snack programs? About $1M.
I also note that the Superintendent recently put out an announcement about hiring Wyeth Jessee for a brand-new position, Executive Director of Leadership Development. The press release says:
Professional development and coaching are key to recruiting and growing leaders to support the ongoing work of the District.
I find this very confusing. The principals already have their own Executive Director for their region. So they need additional oversight/training? And I thought HR hired people who were qualified for their jobs so why another whole person just for their PD/coaching?
I'm not sure I'm buying the expense for another whole position at headquarters.