To note for tonight's Board meeting agenda; the Jane Addams Middle School BEX IV construction item has been moved to the May 7th Board meeting by the Superintendent. No explanation given.
The Superintendent has also asked to remove the Reduction in Force (RIF) item from the agenda. I confirmed that this is because there will be no RIFs sent out.
As well, the bill to fix facade restoration at Franklin is - gulp - nearly $1M (coming from BEX III and good thing the money is there). (When part of the facade fell, it was great luck no one was standing underneath it.) Along with the backflow item at Jane Addams that had to be replaced recently (and I'm not sure how much that cost), we see that our buildings have a near-constant need for maintenance and emergencies fixes. This is why the maintenance budget needs to be upped or we will likely pay more in the long term.
There are only five people signed up to speak so if you wanted to speak up about, well, anything - Wilson-Pacific, later start times, Advanced Learning, Special Ed, disproportionality in discipline - now's the time to get down there.
My Northwest is reporting the latest on Northwest Center, currently sited at the Queen Anne building.
At about 90 days into the crisis, we've been able to identify a
couple of options. One of which is a building that we would be
interested in purchasing as a permanent home for Northwest Center kids
for the next 50 years," said Everill.
Whether Northwest Center purchases or leases their next home, one thing
that hasn't changed is that they need more time. Everill said they've
asked the district to give them until November 1 to move out of their
north Queen Anne site - a lease extension of four months.
"The scope of the problem has shrunk considerably, we know Seattle
Public Schools needs their building back and we know they have a very
complex schedule but we need to work together and, in fact we are.
[Banda] reached out to me, we have a meeting scheduled for a week from
Monday, on April 28th, to work on the issue, I feel like we're making
good progress," said Everill.
I will be taking a little break this week (but I will put up the Friday Open Thread). I am pondering this blog and considering its direction after Charlie's departure. It will not be going away anytime in the near future. But, I could certainly use help in covering committee meetings as well as other issues. If you are interested in writing for the blog - either periodically or weekly - let me know your thoughts at