I still have to get the whole Growth Boundaries discussion done (but other fires to put out).
BUT, you need to know the following information from the Board comments (and other sources):
- All amendments to the plan HAVE to be to Flip Herdon and Tracy Libros by tomorrow, Friday the 9th. That's so staff can research and vet each one. So, you will have to get your thinking cap on and get going.
- Apparently, Michael DeBell seems to think that the figure of 270 is some kind of cap for APP at JAMS. He said that the original ALTF said this in our report but that was a floor size to create the cohort. But another staff person said that DeBell knows that's the floor but he seems to want a cap number for any given school. That might be true but it should not be the lowest number possible. He may be using this for any amendment he has on JAMS.
- I think President Smith-Blum may introduce an amendment around moving World School to TT Minor. Her concern is that the evidence is there that there are 500 kids in that walk zone around the school and it will only grow. And moving World School in and then summarily kicking them out in a couple of years would be horrible.
- There was one hilarious moment last night when Julie from Beacon Hill explained that they were being assigned to their 7th (!) closest school. She was very apologetic for asking in case there was someone assigned to their 9th closest school. I think this one may get a tweak.
- I believe if APP is not assigned to Eckstein, Wedgwood will get back in. A couple of notes on this. One, there was a letter from a legislator in the area who was hearing from constituents. He said that if these Wedgwood students didn't get Eckstein they would have to walk in an area without sidewalks and with rugged terrain. With all due respect, there are thousands of students in this district who do NOT have sidewalks. That can't be a driving reason to change something.
Also, one Wedgwood parent said that they didn't mobilize prior to this because "we were happy." Okay and that's fine but consider those who weren't. No support for them even if they are in your area? And to believe that even as the district was going through several iterations, no one of them would affect your area? It pays to pay attention.
- DeBell and Martin-Morris are working on an amendment about the NE middle schools. They gave no details except to say it involved Wedgwood.
- Director Patu would like the district to "leave the SE alone." She said they have no overcapacity issues and don't want to be tinkered with. Big applause.
I heard several directors making noises (especially Smith-Blum) about slowing down because of the realization that, as the staff has said, much of the change won't come online until more of BEX IV is done.
I urge you to write and tell the Board to "go-slo" and let's do the things that absolutely need to get done (like JAMS) and take a hard look at what can hit the pause button. Smith-Blum said it is hard to look past a 3-years horizon and know if they are doing the right things.
I'm going to go and listen to the discussion of the Growth Boundaries item and see what else I can glean from it.