The final Strategic Plan Community Meeting from 6:30-8:30 pm in West Seattle at Roxhill Elementary.
Tuesday, April 1st
Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. , JSCEE, Room 2700
Wednesday, April 2nd
School Board meeting starting at 4:15 p.m. Agenda.
- a rather large Consent agenda as part of a very long agenda.
- One item I note is the construction contract for Lowell. This is for electrical, fire sprinkler and seismic, all of which I'm sure Lowell needs. But it's just another great example of the district not being able to clearly explain where all the money goes.
I went and looked over the Capital Report of 2012 and sometimes, they can be quite specific. Other times, when they are spend money on projects like this, they are completely non-specific. (Interesting reading in there like, did you know they put a new boiler in at Wilson-Pacific in 2012? Yes, and hopefully they will save it when they tear the building down. Did you know in the BTA there's $1.7M for the Strategic Plan? Yes, there is.)
One thing that REALLY needs to stop with capital levies? Academics and "special projects" creep. That money should be for buildings.
- another item of note just to call this type of "action" out is Amending Policy N. 3130, student assignment. Lots of review and committees and blah, blah and yet, is what this actually "amends" clearly noted? It is not. I believe it is about homeless students.
- Contrast that with the "Race to the Top Project Deep Dive 3" which has a lot of detail. (It also looks like a lot of data collection as well but at least you know what's going on.)
- Annual funding of immersion IAs for McDonald Int'l. I note this is an Action item and yet the Request item linked to this item is not signed. Might be good to sign it before the Board okays it. The Request form itself states: "A signed “Request for Advance Commitment to Expend” form must be received by G&FC before approval can be given." Ditto on the Action item for JSIS and its IAs.
- Increasing the budget for the Genesee Hill project by $2M.
It is stated:
The Genesee Hill Elementary School Replacement project budget was not funded properly with
regard to hard and soft costs as they relate to projected escalation rates, undocumented fill and site constraints. Project contingency was also under funded.
Well, that sounds like someone did a poor job on this project's budget. I would doubt if there's that much wiggle room in BEX IV and I suspect that the money will have to come from other projects.
- purchase of 14 single and 1 double-wide portables with the estimate needed at 22-28.
As of January 2014, the Annual Capacity Management planning process identified a potential estimated need of 22 to 28 portables to be located at various sites throughout the District. The exact number and location of portables will be adjusted based on Open Enrollment data.
- repealing some Transportation policies. Again, not clearly written here what is changing but here's the significant part:
(NEW) The Board delegates to the Superintendent all other authority and responsibility for transportation within the budgets approved by the Board. The Superintendent may delegate such authority to Transportation staff or other designees as the Superintendent deems appropriate. The Superintendent is authorized to develop procedures to implement this policy.
Saturday, April 5
Community meeting with Director Carr from 8:30-10 am at Bethany Community Church.
Community meeting with Director McLaren from 10 am to noon at Common House of Puget Ridge Cohousing Assn, 7020 18th Ave SW.
Note: the City of Seattle is having the Seattle Neighborhood Summit 2014 on Saturday, the 5th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. If you have something you want the City to know about how you value schools in your neighborhood, you might want to stop in at some point and advocate for your neighborhood.
For example, if you would like to see the Roosevelt Reservoir lidded for more playfields to help accommodate Lincoln to take the pressure off the fields at Wilson-Pacific, this would be the place to tell the City.
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