In the "wish we had more School Board members who do this," there are two City Council candidates, Mike O'Brien and Catherine Weatbrook who ask the hard questions (sadly, in the same district - # 6). Publicola has an article about the HALA report and Councilman O'Brien's pushback to the Mayor on some of the data.
O’Brien also laid down a serious prerequisite. He says he only agreed to sign off on the mayor’s grand bargain if his own independent analysis confirmed the mayor’s staff analysis that the new proposal bested O’Brien’s in terms of housing production.
O'Brien also challenged the make-up of the committee which did not seem to have too many neighborhood activist folks but lawyers and housing folks. It's good to have "experts" but what about the people who know their neighborhoods (or school district)? O'Brien:
What I told everyone was, if you’re going to do anything on there that affects neighborhoods, just know that you don’t just get to roll out a recommendation and it’s going to be blessed. It’s gotta come through a council process.”
In talking with Weatbrook, I find exactly the same "we want to get this right so for the good of the city, I'm not going to just accept everything you say without independent verification " attitude that O'Brien has. And Weatbrook really cares about schools and especially the impacts to the district from the growth Seattle is experiencing (and why the City seems less-than-interested in supporting the impacts to SPS).
I saw an SPS tweet the other day on the subject of Enrollment vs Admissions from E. R Alvarez who I believe is the new head of Enrollment (but I can't find her name at the SPS website - big surprise).
How is Enrollment Planning different from Admissions?
Admissions, formerly known as Enrollment Services, performs the day-to-day public-facing functions around enrollment.
Admissions: - enrolls new students, - changes students between schools, and - receives waitlist information from parents, etc.
Enrollment Planning analyzes student enrollment data and works with other teams to respond to district resource questions in an equitable and efficient manner.
- calculates enrollment projections,
- studies the district's demographics,
- determines class numbers at option schools and
choice seats at attendance area schools,
- changes school boundaries when population trends change, and
- produces maps using student data.
I find the use of "admissions" to be odd because it sounds like you have to be admitted to SPS when, in fact, anyone can enroll.
And speaking of positions at SPS, I got a bit of info from a reader which led me to review current job openings.
The newest opening isn't even listed at SPS and it's for a new position - Chief of Schools. The job will pay between $144,387.00-$199,480.00. It's listed under "internal opportunities."
The Chief of Schools oversees EDSs which are responsible for working with principals to insure that high quality teaching occurs in every classroom and that each school’s culture promotes equitable outcomes in student learning through a welcoming, supportive and culturally responsive environment. The central charge of the Chief of Schools is to develop, support and hold accountable EDs as powerful agents of school improvement.
Overseeing the Executive Directors is the main job of this person. I'm puzzled as to what Michael Tolley is doing because I thought this was his job.
I like this one "qualification and competency" for this job:
Is astute and keenly aware of the interests and motivations of others, and acts with integrity in a politically-charged environment.
Yes, good luck with that.
Other job openings:
- Director of Enrollment and Planning Services - $120-135K
- Director of HR Data and Systems - $95-131K
- Senior Research Scientist - $75-104K
From the City's Art Beat blog, a story about the Creative Advantage program, a partnership program with SPS and the City. The story features the Seattle World School.