Tuesday, April 29th
This date sees two Work Sessions; both closed. They run from 4:30-7:30 pm.
I am a bit puzzled by these as the calendar notation has one about HR and is an open session and the other as a closed Executive Session. But I went to the agenda and now both are notated as "Closed" sessions. I thought an Executive Session was always closed any way and also why are both now closed?
The HR presentation is still linked.
Page 7 has a fun chart about "HR Turnaround: Theory of Change." (Which begs the question: is there ANY department in SPS that doesn't need to be overhauled?) The chart says that for the next school year 80% of HR's change will be a "fix", 10% is "sustain" and 10% is "innovate." Those numbers switch by 2017-2018.
Page 10 is about aligning with the Strategic Plan, Goal #1 which is equity. Fun fact that I didn't know - SPS is partners with the Martinez Foundation (former Mariner great, Edgar Martinez's foundation) to help with finding a more diverse pool of teachers.
Page 12 sees a glaring grammatical error.
Its all about service to schools
Page 22 has another interesting fact I didn't know - the Superintendent's budget paid for new staff training for his customer service initiative. As well, the Deputy Superintendent, Charles Wright, paid for LinkedIn account funding out his budget.
Page 26 has the department's weaknesses. One is Using multiple data systems causes a duplication of efforts and manual workaround. Honestly, this has been an issue for years and I truly thought JSCEE had taken steps to correct having so many systems that did not interface. I guess not.
Page 28 has a troubling list of Threats/Risks with one being Physical security of the department. What?
Page 29 - re: Title IX issues,
Received commendation from OSPI OCR for our sexual harassment training
Decrease in investigation time from 200+ days to 82 days through in-depth case management and legal counsel
Page 38 - Take at look at this HR Budget page. Tell me what you see in first three cost centers. I just want to see if anyone reacts how I reacted.
Thursday, April 30th
School Bell Times Community Discussion
Hamilton Middle School from 7-8:30 pm
Interpreters: Spanish, Somali, Chinese
Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) gives members of the SPS community the
opportunity to host or participate in small-group discussions on
important school system topics.
The topic for this year is Bell Times
The District wants to hear your thoughts on how the Superintendent’s
recommendation to change school start and end times – also known as Bell
Times – will impact students, your family, and the community.
I'm hoping there will be members from the Bell Times Taskforce there to update us on their work. I'm also hoping this meeting will not be uber-facilitated.
Saturday, May 2nd
This Saturday sees a couple of the last Director Community meetings for the school year.
Director Blanford - Douglass Truth Branch Library from 10 am to 11:30 pm
Director Peters at the Queen Anne Library from 11 am to 1 pm.