As well, Thursday is the last day of school for all students so enjoy these last days.
Wednesday, June 18th
School Board meeting, starting at 4:15 pm. Agenda.
One trend I see that is somewhat disturbing is the number of items now on the Consent agenda. The Consent agenda gets decided in one fell swoop. It seems to me that an introduced item should also later be an action item. I believe that some of these decisions are made in whichever committee the item comes out of (meaning the committee sent it forward to the full Board, it was intro'ed with little fanfare and the decision gets made to move it to the Consent agenda in the name of expediency.)
But when you are talking about Board policies - the real foundation for all work in the district - it seems troubling. Some are on the Consent agenda and some are on the Action items. What's the reasoning? As well, there are items that are major expenditures that are also being moved to the Consent agenda.
One item to bring to your notice - so it won't come as a surprise at a later date - is a change in Board policy on "High School Grade and Credit Marking." I would suggest reading this one thru if you have students it would affect. This is Policy 2420.
There is also an item to amend the costs of Student Fees and Charges which include full-day K, Athletic Participation Fee and Food Service. Athletics will stay the same and Food Service is to be addressed separately.
Full-day K will go up $1, from $283 to $284. The dollar is to help their fee processing. It is noted that in 2010-2011, the cost was $207 a month.
There is also an Action item on Rainier Beach High School receiving $4.3M via a continuing SIG grant. The school will get a full-time parent coordinator in addition to a family support worker for this school year as well as increased tutoring, meeting with teachers and changes to bell schedules for CTE. This is a good thing but there was this notation:
Regarding RAD designation and the potential for state takeover of Rainier Beach High School, the RAD designation is part of state law amended in 2013. In relation to the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG), the federal law says that states can take over SIG schools if allowed by state law. RCW 28A.657.030 is the state law in Washington on this point.
The law allows OSPI to take over a school more easily from districts that have not accepted SIG funding or are not improving. Rainier Beach has demonstrated significant improvement over the past three years and has been approved by OSPI for SIG funding based on our proposed grant application with accompanying strategies. In addition, SPS has already received SIG grants in the past for 3 schools.
It's good to know that RBHS is improving and there would appear to be no reason for the state to take it over.
The Highly Capable Student Program State Grant is up for introduction. I am puzzled that the grant application is not there as it was available at the Curriculum and Instruction meeting last week.
Then there is the double-whammy of Race to the Top money and the Seattle Teacher Residency. To understand, there will be just over $200K in General Fund dollars for this next year. This item is to get $355K from RttT. "Philanthropic funding" (probably the Alliance?) is giving about $925K. So, for just one year, to run this program will cost almost $1.5M.
The district budgets - Operations and Capital - will be introduced. There will be a Public Hearing on the Budget next week on Wednesday, June 25th from 4-4:15 pm if you want anything to go into the public record before these budgets are voted on at the next Board meeting.
Intro on approval of doing the Bell Times Analysis. This might be an interesting discussion.
Thursday, June 19th
Operations Committee meeting from 4:30-6:30 pm. No agenda yet available.
Audit&Finance Committee meeting from 4:30-6:30 pm. Agenda (note: this is in the auditorium, not the Board conference room as usual).
Saturday, June 21st
Community Meeting with Director Peters from 11 am - 12:30 pm at Magnolia Library.