Update: so the 2.5 hour Executive Committee meeting of the Whole on Wednesday from 4:30-7:00 pm now has an agenda.
The first 2 hours will be devoted to discussing the Superintendent evaluation, Board Committee Structure and Calendar and Board evaluation.
The last half-hour is a closed session on the "performance of a public employee."
end of update
Update: a great conference is happening this week at the University of Puget Sound. It's the 2014 Race and Pedagogy Conference. Speakers include Henry Louis Gates and Angela Davis.
The theme for the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference is “What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience.” In asking “What Now?” the conference challenges us to align concepts of education and justice in ways that call for conscience, critique, and change.
end of update.
I'm going to add in some events about public education as well this week.
This week is, once again, Banned Books Week. How many have you read?
Tuesday, September 23rd
Mayor Murray will be releasing his budget for the our city. It might be interesting to see how much money he is allocating for the new department of Early Learning and Education.
There also appears to be a meeting - not a district one but one requested by parents - about the condition of Eckstein's building at 6pm at Eckstein. I believe this is thru the group that calls itself "the Voice of NE Seattle schools." ( I find that charmingly funny as this blog doesn't even claim itself to be the voice of any school or group.)
The parents have a laundry list of building complaints which I'm sure are absolutely valid. Their main question is when will the district get to some real issues that they confront every day. They ask if they will be on the BEX V list (which the district has no way of answering at this point) and even if they are, that may be nearly a decade out.
They also say that they don't have equitable access to a decent building. Many other schools could claim that as well. It's not like most other middle schools are not in overcrowded, aging building.
Again, this district does not spend the money it should - in any real way - on maintenance. So it's not just our older buildings but those brand-new ones we just invested in? Same treatment. That $2.6M that the district transferred from rental/lease building revenue into the General Fund? I doubt that any of it will go into Maintenance (which is part of the General Fund).
And we can see the coming storm that is the high school capacity issue. Will that leave Eckstein, Washington and Whitman out in the cold for BEX V? (Of course, if the district gets to start putting new buildings/major renovation on BTA IV, well, then you'll get two outcomes. More capacity issues can be addressed BUT that maintenance needing to be done on the majority of buildings? It will just fall further and further behind.
Wednesday, September 24th
The Board is to have an Executive Session - for 2.5 hours - on evaluation of the performance of an employee. Well, it's not the Superintendent so who can they be evaluating? I'm wondering if this is over the former Sped director.
This is also the date for the Seattle Channel/CityClub event on the two preschool measures. I don't know if they have filled up yet for the live audience but I believe you can watch online or on tv. It starts at 7 pm on cable channel 21.
Thursday, September 25th
Not on the district calendar but apparently there is a meeting 7 PM in the JAMS Cafeteria where traffic safety issues will be discussed with district officials.
Saturday, September 27th
Two community meetings with Board directors:
Director Patu from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cafe Vita.
Director Martin-Morris from 11am to noon at Montlake Library (he mentioned at the Board meeting he had to leave early so it's a short meeting).