Betty Patu was elected unanimously to be Vice-President.
Marty McLaren was elected unanimously to be Member-at-Large.
Superintendent Banda conducted the elections.
I'll have a longer wrap-up of the Board meeting but a few notes.
- Blanford recused himself from two votes that involved his wife who works for the district in CTE.
- Blanford, Martin-Morris and McLaren won't be having any December community meetings (for various reasons - Martin-Morris was unable to find a space). They all said you could contact them via e-mail.
- The majority of public testimony to the Board were on three topics.
- One, allowing current 7th graders at Hamilton to stay on and finish 8th grade there. One speaker said that they had been told there was not space but now the finding is that there would be space. As well, they said Laurelhurst 7th graders are being allowed to grandfather and stay so there is a precedent. Several Board members - in Board comments - did seem sympathetic to the situation.
- Two, students at Rainier Beach feel their walk to school is too difficult and want Orca cards. I think the district would have to think long and hard about this because it would set a precedent if they give cards to students who live within the walk zone. I think specific hardship cases could be addressed.
- The Cascade Partnership (the home school resource school) needs a home. They have been at Wilson-Pacific and the district seems to be slow to find them a new home. Van Asselt has been thought of but it is too far south for most of their students. Another option is the North Queen Anne building but they need to find $1-2M to reopen it. Carr said they do have a community fund and thought this could be considered.
- There were two speakers speaking in support of bus drivers and their health care. One was from the Teamsters union (which now represents those drivers) who said the health care plan was dismal and allowed how a stoppage could happen. Meaning, they could strike and that would mean no bus service. There was no timetable given.