I don't really like PowerPoint presentations and understand that they are general outlines with the presenter to fill the points. But I found this a confusing presentation.
One, I felt there was a lot of filler. I am big on getting to the point so explaining that improving processes would help with both the bottom line and customer service.
Two, page 5 says there was a School Leader Survey in 2015. How did staff get this done less than two weeks into the new year? If this was truly done in 2015, then kudos to them. But another issue on the same page is what do these colors mean? I know red is probably bad but again, not clear.
Then there's the issue of LEAN. Page 6 says "Define Value..from a Customer Perspective!." That may work for business but if you ask a parent what "value" from their child's school may mean from their perspective, you'll get a lot of answers. (Ask a taxpayer - who is footing the bill - and you'll get even more.)
Page 12 talks about Enrollment and "tuition billing." Again, I am unsure what they are talking about here. Is that kindergarten tuition? I have to assume so. The number of steps they reduced is great and they say they "increased funding by $560K." That really begs the question of how? Did this process increase the funding or did more students enroll? Or did they save money for the department?
Page 13 was also interesting because the contrast presented were two photos of the Enrollment Office being cleaned up.
The last page was a push for LEAN without saying anything about costs. Is the district going to invest dollars in this effort or is it just a new way of doing things that senior staff already know how to implement?
If anyone attends, please let us know about what you hear.
The Operations Committee meeting is Thursday afternoon and here's the agenda.
There are a couple of BEX updates and then several enrollment issues.
- Amendment to the Student Assignment Plan for South Shore Pre-K enrollment (M. Garmoe)
- Amendment to the Student Assignment Plan for Leschi Elementary blended model
for 2015-16 (M. Garmoe)
Hmm, the South Shore pre-K enrollment is changing? Just after the City preschool plan passed? No one should be surprised.
There are also these items:
- Bell Times Analysis Task Force update (P. McEvoy)
Now, on the Superintendent procedures for student assignment, I'm a little surprised as she's the Director of Early Learning. But the Board voted to allow the first City preschool in Bailey-Gatzert this Spring so maybe there are adjustments to be made there.