Ingraham staff just voted down their budget, 58-1 and released the following statement: " We reject the budget on the grounds that it forces us to compromise basic student and staff safety, requires us to compromise building and community standards for a comprehensive high school and reflects the wrong priorities for Seattle Public Schools and its students."
I am unclear about the ramifications of this vote-down. I believe that the district will wait and then if no budget is forthcoming, will figure a budget on their own. I have to think that this will, in turn, cause a great rift between schools and the district. I will ask what comes next.
Update from SEA Facebook page:
As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 25 Seattle schools have voted to reject budgets for next year. Seattle schools cannot take any more cuts! NO CUTS TO SCHOOL BUDGETS! Educators need more supports, not fewer. More schools will be voting this week with the remainder early next week.
From My Northwest on the NW Center/Cascade housing issue filed on today's date:
And Tuesday he told KIRO Radio the district doesn't have to do a thing for Northwest Center.
"Let me make it real clear, we are not agents for the Northwest Center, so we're not out there actually seeking real estate for them, that's their responsibility," he said.
If we're following the timeline, Superintendent Banda went from, "We want to help Northwest Center in any way we can, we want to be good neighbors," to "We are not agents for Northwest Center," they need to find a new building on their own.
However, he did make an offer to have Northwest Center combine with Cascade at the soon-to-be demolished Wilson-Pacific building in Greenwood.
A building that Cascade's principal told me is swept weekly for drug needles, feces and has no healthy drinking water.
"I'm not familiar about the drinking water, that's the first time I've heard (that)," said Banda.
So I am completely perplexed by Banda. Because he seems to have vasilated all over the place only to land at "I didn't know." I asked, when I was at Cascade at Wilson-Pacific at the same time he was, at the first five minutes in the building, about the water. And Banda didn't know or wasn't told? It's hard to believe.
I understand the stance, somewhat, of "we're just the landlords" but it's a little late in the game (and a big switch from "we're doing everything we can") for that attitude.