I am on the Speaker List for tomorrow night (there looks to be about 15 people on the waitlist which surprises me as I thought it would be longer). I note this message - fairly unusual as the Board office rarely contacts speakers -
Thank you for your interest in speaking before the School Board at the December 3rd Board meeting.
According to Board Procedure 1430BP, the order of those giving public testimony was determined as follows: those speaking to agenda action items, those speaking to agenda introduction items, and then those speaking to items of general interest.
Please note that the “Action to Select a Permanent Superintendent” item will be introduced at this meeting and action will be taken at a Special Meeting of the Board on December 10.
As per our Public Testimony rules, the Board does not take public comments on issues related to personnel matters or individually named staff.
I'm sure President Peaslee will also reiterate that speakers NOT say Dr. Nyland's name. So you are warned.
(But I think you CAN say Board members names (as long as you aren't being rude).
I also note that another item has been added to the meeting next week - the Technology contract.
I keep pointing out how behind this contract is and now it gets delayed another week? Still no numbers or vendor attached? Hmm. Good luck with those Smarter Balanced assessments this spring.
I keep getting asked, "What can we do?
- Did you write to the Board? Write them a hard-copy letter (even better).
- Did you write to Martin-Morris and Carr, separately? Might be a good idea to appeal to their fairness and order sides.
- Did you ask your PTA Board to write something? You should because that would count for a lot.
- If you are a teacher, did you ask your building rep or SEA President Jonathan Knapp what SEA's stand is?
- Go to the Board retreat on Saturday - you don't have to stay. But if enough people were there at 9:30 am at JSCEE with a letter in hand, it would say a lot. You don't even have to talk (it's a busy morning for them) - just say, "I'd like you to consider what I have to say about the lack of process over finding the best fit for a superintendent for our district."
One last thing. Have you noticed the dearth of media coverage? KING 5 and KIRO have been there but where's KOMO and Q13?
Nothing at all at Publicola. Or The Stranger. Or Crosscut. Or Seattle Weekly (despite an interview they did with me last week). Very, very odd.
Something is up, kids, so if you want just a smiling caretaker for our district, sit back and do nothing.