The District CANNOT be left on the hook for any kind of
operating dollars or administrative dollars for the SPP. Period.
The Board - via several members like Peters, Peaslee and Carr - have made that abundantly clear every single step of the way. And yet District staff and the City now have it set up for the District to take on more costly work.
I remind everyone that even the City - in an e-mail about this issue - said that the District's "mandate" is K-12. No one, for any reason, should take their eye off that mandate.
The reader's letter which I urge you to send to the Board as well (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Dear Board Directors,
It is not in the interest of taxpayers that our K-12 funding at the state and local level should be put in jeopardy to meet some requirement of the City of Seattle. The Seattle Preschool initiative was very generously funded outside of the K-12 funding stream and it would be ludicrous for the Seattle School Board to agree to partnership plans that could very well result in an increased financial burden on our school district.
Seattle Schools has already overextended staff resource time, and appears poised to also devote scarce classroom space in order to appease the City of Seattle. City staffers have shown that they do not care about the District's bottom line, especially with the recent finagling of Families & Education Levy dollars (yet another well endowed public fund) when principals were moved about and they tried to pull funding.
Seattle Schools is supposed to be the local educational leader. Stop letting the City of Seattle staffers lead you around by the nose.