This went out from Superintendent Banda to Board members on Friday, August 23rd:
Following for your information, is a copy of the invitation sent out this week to potential task
I would like to invite you to participate in the Horace Mann-African American Community Partnerships Task Force. This group will provide me with immediate and short-term recommendations on how Seattle Public Schools can partner with the groups and programs currently using the Mann building, ways to align community work and the SPS strategic plan to promote equity and support innovative African-American youth education partnerships, and how this can be achieved while still adhering to the Building Excellence IV schedule related to the Mann building.
At the August 21 Board meeting, I asked the School Board to remove an item from the Board
agenda that, if approved, would authorize construction to begin on the Mann building. This action will be brought back to the School Board on September 18.
Therefore the work of the task force will need to be completed very soon to meet board goals.
To that end, I am asking that the task force meet as follows:
Tuesday, August 27, 5:00-7:00pm, John Stanford Center
Thursday, August 29, 5:00-7:00pm, John Stanford Center
Thursday, September 5, 5:00-7:00pm, John Stanford Center
This is vital work.
We are committed to providing equity, access and opportunity for every student
We will achieve that by working together with parents, families and community. Thank you for considering your participation in this important work.
You'll note there is no list of taskforce members and two meetings have happened (and yet no one seems to be leaving.) I would assume these meetings are open to the public but I'll check.
I remain stumped on this issue. Is this how you get the district's attention for a particular want or issue? Why are these particular groups getting traction when there are alternative sites and there are a number of programs for African-American youth already? I'm mystified and I'll be eager to see what is decided.