BEX Oversight Committee meeting, 8:30 am-10:30 am.
Unfortunately, whoever runs this group does not put up the agenda nor past minutes in a timely manner so I can't tell you what will be discussed. I've asked if that could happen and told it would but it doesn't.
The last minutes are from the meeting in April and have some curious notations.
- The Cost Summary now includes a Budget Transfers Log identifying the source funding as requested.
The budget transfer log includes a description/reason for the transfer as well as the source of funding for the transfer.
- BEX IV Net Expenditures for February 2014 have been identified and included in the BEX IV Program Cost Summary. Future reports will continue to include Net Expenditures.
Don't know exactly what "net expenditures" means but I will have to ask for this information.
- A draft of more detailed reports on projects went out on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, with a disclaimer about for BEXOSC members only.
I find that odd because I have never seen any notation of reports that only BEXOSC members could see. I'll have to ask about this one, too.
Some of the updates are kind of funny. For example, Fairmount Park is 75% done and should open on-time in the fall but lessons learned? Need to manage the schedule.
The cost delay amount on the Mann building has risen to about $82K (my recollection was about $65k). They now say they have to cut down existing trees to replace the water line.
Another update - this one on Genesee Hill - states that they should have a column showing the budget versus the final cost on all projects. Seriously? The BEX Oversight Ctm members really have to ask for this information to be provided?
Arbor Heights' project sees that Teaching and Learning is asking for white boards for the classrooms which is an expensive cost. Director Peaslee is apparently concerned about this cost given SPS has to have computers in all classrooms (for Common Core) and now all schools will want white boards.
White boards are expensive (the lightbulb replacement cost is about $200 and most schools have to pay for that out of their own budgets). You'd think the district would do a survey of schools that do have them and find out how well they are received and used. (I know Brighton got them years ago and many teachers weren't even using them.) They seem like more of a middle/high school need to me.
A "Commons and Auditorium" is mentioned for Wilson-Pacific which is funny considering how many of us wanted an auditorium. A converted commons is not an auditorium. They also claim that the building is being built for "50-100 years" which I find odd given that I have never heard the district make any claim for a building to last 100 years. In fact, even 50 years is something of a stretch. Here's hoping that W-P will last 100 years.
For some reason, on the BEX Oversight Committee page, there's a review of BEX III with specific projects. I note this is yet another attempt by staff to write revisionist history as they state they redid the fields and tennis courts at Denny without explanation they were ripping out less than 5-year old fields that they put in under BTA II. Not good.
Also to note for Friday is the reply from the Legislature to the latest ruling by the State Supreme Court on McCleary. What will the legislators say?
Saturday, July 12th
Community meeting with Director Blanford from 10:00 am - noon at the Douglass-Truth Library.
Might be a good time to ask him what his priorities are since he seems to be more of a critic of the work of others.
I also note there is nothing on the district calendar for the next three weeks (so there's a break for us all).
However, July 17th is the date that the Sacramento School Board will decide on whether to offer a contract to our Superintendent. I'll let you know how that comes out. Then we can ask the Board about next steps. As I said, I have heard of two (and possibly three) good/great candidates, all local. (No, I cannot say anything yet.)