From SPS Communications:
Superintendent Banda made several principal appointments Feb. 7 , including:
• George Breland, Cleveland High School;
• Maria Breuder, McGilvra Elementary School;
• Dedy Fauntleroy, John Stanford International School;
• Robert Gary, Madison Middle School;
• Jo Lute-Ervin, Kimball Elementary School;
• Mary McDaniels, Madrona K-8; and
• Dan Sanger, Bryant Elementary School.
I see a couple of principals who seem to rotate every couple of years. I'll note in reading through the bios that some note that parents and teachers at some schools were part of the selection committee but not at others. The district seems to be depending on "surveys" but don't say what the survey was specifically about in the first place. Again, why is that?
From Superintendent Banda:
I am pleased to announce that Carmen Rahm has been appointed Executive Director of Technology.
For the past 10 years, Mr. Rahm has been Assistant Vice President for Information Technology at Central Washington University. He established the strategic vision for the technology department and then ensured that plan was implemented.
Mr. Rahm’s first day will be Feb. 10.
Monday, Feb. 10th
Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee Meeting, 4:30-6:30 pm. Agenda
Discussion includes Creative Approach Schools update, Policy 3130 (Student Assignment), Math Adoption Progress Report
Wednesday, Feb. 12th
Executive Committee Meeting, 8:30 am- 10:00 am. Agenda. This is always the most bare-boned agenda so not a lot to see here but they will be setting the agenda for their March 8th Board retreat, their first since the Alliance has stopped "guiding" them.
Oversight Work Session: Capital Programs and Planning from 4- 5:30 pm. Agenda.
It's a hugely ambitious agenda to churn thru but lots of info here to be gleaned. It would be nice if the Board actually asked some hard questions here.
Work Session: High School Graduation Requirements from 5:30-7 pm. Agenda
Well, hallelujah, they are considering removing the Culiminating Project Graduation requirement starting with the class of 2015. I have long thought this ill-managed, ill-thought out and fairly useless. Interesting slide on page 12 of the number of 2.0 GPA region waivers. The following page is about the implications of the current policy:
•In some cases failing a class is more desirable
than passing a class–The E grade does not count against the student
based on the policy.
•Many students meet the requirement without a true 2.0 GPA
•Students can have a CORE GPA of 2.1 and still not graduate
Thursday, Feb. 13th
Advanced Learning Taskforce Meeting, 9:30 am, JSCEE rom 2776
Audit and Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30-6:30 pm. No agenda yet available.
Operations Committee Meeting, 4:30-6:00pm. No agenda yet available.
Oversight Work Session: Department of Technology Services, 6:30-8:00 pm Agenda
This could be informative as they will be reviewing the findings and recommendations of an independent review by the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology.
From the review, SPS tech problem in a nutshell:
The information and technology environment at SPS is a difficult environment to support. The lack of effective governance structures, standard infrastructure components, business process re-engineering
skills by customers, and an integrated architecture, along with the presence of outdated infrastructure that is difficult to maintain, and the presence of silos of data enabled by autonomous business units, have all contributed to create this difficult environment.
From the review:
Finding 2: Teaching and Learning
- Data to inform instructional decisions is cumbersome for users to obtain.
- Data is not easily accessible and not enough of it is available to users.
So we are now a "data-driven" district, finding and accumulating more
and more data and yet
it is not accessible to those who need it most
(and I'm going with teachers here).
Slide 11 is required reading. It
applies to most areas of the district.
from the presentation is that because the BEX IV need was greatest for
capital buildings, the
Technology "ask" was about half. They then go on
to explain a growing gap between funding and need. And they are right
because the need - between Common Core needs and privacy needs (this is
my own assessment, not theirs) - are HUGE.
But it is
also noted in the Capital Programs and Planning Work Session
presentation that our backlog of maintenance is also still HUGE.
despite the need for better buildings and technology, we don't have the money.
But we have the money for testing. We have the money for ever larger
salaries for senior staff. The district has chosen to take on a huge
expense in the Seattle Teacher Residency costs within the next 2-5
And there you are. Priorities.
Friday, Feb. 14th
BEX Oversight Committee Meeting from 8:30 am- 10:30 am, JSCEE 2750
Saturday, Feb. 15th
Community Meeting with Director Blanford, 10 am to noon at the Douglass-Truth library
Community Meeting with Director Martin-Morris, 11 am to 1 pm at Montlake Branch library