Monday, June 1
Community Meeting with Director McLaren from 6-7 pm at the Southwest branch Library.
Tuesday, June 2nd
BTA IV Capital Levy Community Meeting from 6:30-8:30 pm at the JSCEE.
This is likely the ONLY community meeting until the fall so try to make it if you want to give input. I suspect that after the meeting we will know the preliminary ideas for this levy. My stand will be if more than one-third is for technology, I'm not supporting it. You will likely be asked - after their draft plan is presented - to weigh in via e-mail. I'll get that info for you later this week.
Wednesday, June 3
Board meeting starting at 4:15 pm at the JSCEE. (There is to be a closed session of the Board immediately after the meeting is adjourned.) Agenda
I want to note that supporters of Middle College High School at High Point will be there to show support for that program which the Superintendent has decided to close. However, since this is a program placement, the Board will not be reviewing the ending of the program in this region of the district. You do have to ask - re: the Strategic Plan - where the equity is in this move? Separate thread to come.
- contract with First Student for transportation for $26, 225,728. Pet peeve for me: when staff sometimes puts the amounts on the agenda and when they don't. Every single amount should be on the agenda. One item of note here:
The contract with First Student supported Board Policy H25.00 by expanding the use of
alternative fuel (propane) to 15% of the fleet.
- there's also a revamping of Policy No.3520 about student fees, charges, fines, restitution and damage deposit. There's a whole new part about fines, damage to property and buses. Students who are suspended because of damage they made will not be allowed to return to school until a fine is paid. In adding in this new language on fines, it then repeals Policy D83.0 on fines.
- City of Seattle/SPS Partnership Agreement on Seattle Preschool Program. Expect to see City Councilman Tim Burgess or even the Mayor show up at the meeting for this one. My stand is still the same - despite a couple of tweaks, this is not a good agreement for the district. It is still too vague. I'll write up a separate thread on these issues in specific. I hope the Board says no.
The "alternative" to not signing says this:
Do not approve this Partnership Agreement or authorize the Superintendent to sign. This is not
recommended because the Partnership Agreement is a prerequisite for receiving funds under the
levy. Failure to sign would mean the levy funds would not be available to the District.
Yes, there would be no levy funds but that would also mean the District decided not to participate in the Preschool Plan and therefore needs NO funds. The District is not losing money if they don't participate.
- the District is receiving a grant from OSPI for math/science for middle school for $.1.5M for PD. I note that in one place in this agenda staff complains about not enough bids fro RFPs but here they had too many - 14. But the District also had a team of 19(!) reviewers.
- we also see the introduction of the contract with Amplify in support of Common Core. You remember this one - it's the one where staff says SBAC is not "fully transparent" and only provides "general" feedback but "not for specific standards and skills" and "teachers cannot view the test items" and cannot "inform teacher understanding of student depth of knowledge...or why students answered specific items incorrectly." Hilarious.
- introduction of item to name the new Wilson Pacific school building from Woodrow Wilson School to Robert Eaglestaff Middle School. As well, there is the introduction to name the new Wilson Pacific school building for the elementary school as Cascadia Elementary School. ( You should check out the list of possible names. I saw some surprises there.)
Thursday, June 4
Executive Committee Meeting of the Whole at JSCEE from 4-7:30 pm. Agenda not yet available.
This is a committee meeting for all the directors and an exceptionally long one so I will be interested to see what topics they will be covering.
Saturday, June 6
Community Meeting with Director Peters from 11am to 1 pm at the Magnolia Library.