Update: the Discipline Appeals Council has been set with a couple of issues.
One big one is that they did not get any volunteers to represent Sped. It was stated they asked internally but it was unclear to me if any Sped parent organizations were contacted. They would like a Sped teacher. Peaslee wants SPed in there. Peters said SPed is important because of disproportionality and Sped issues in discipline cases.
Two is that Director Carr is on this council. I was confused when I saw the name as she is listed as "community." I asked and according to the policy, she can be on the committee as a community member.
I personally think it is strange that a sitting board member could be on this council (or even want to).
Also, Memorial Stadium got new turf and Richard Best, head of Capital Projects, casually said that they are considering putting a new high school there AND it could be on BTA IV (which is becoming quite large just with this project and below, the downtown school).
End of update
Well, I hadn't thought the Operations Committee would be so interesting vis a vis the agenda but now I'm glad I came.
-one update - the district appears to be going to go ahead with applying to takeover the former Federal Reserve building for a downtown school. They have a lengthy review of three other schools - Bailey-Gatzert, Lowell and John Hay that might be considered for expansion for this purpose. They have quite a list of consultants so it appears they have done their due diligence.
Hey, no surprise, they appear to think it makes the MOST sense to get the Federal Reserve building.
How to fund this? Either through non-voted bonds (which I thought Director Carr said absolutely no) or put it in with BTA IV. That means that at least $48M (of the likely $50-53M) in BTA IV would be for one new building.
I have said before and I'll say it again - BTA was NEVER created for new buildings. This blurring of lines, mixing of capital dollars is wrong and I cannot believe it is now going to continue on.
Update on downtown school. No time to put in the complete conversation but President Peaslee is pressing on hard on the "need" and costs. Joe Wolf explained that the entire north section of the district is worse off than Central and that really, they need more high school space.
Peaslee, again pushing hard, is asking questions on funding this downtown school. Staff says there BTA IV is too far out so they likely would have to get a loan for the funds and pay it back via the BTA IV.
Peaslee thinks this sounds pretty unfocused and wanted to know about the BTA IV planning.
So a $100M for a new high school plus $53M for the Federal Reserve bldg- there's $150M and the last BTA was $270M. (It was noted that the Education Department was asked if the Fed Reserve building could be used for any type of school, K-5, K-8 or 6-12.