Update 2: SOAR charter in Tacoma is scheduled to open on Monday the 17th. However, SOAR's benchmarks not been satisfied. They include a lack of Sped policies and procedures, staff qualifications (4 of 7 don't have proper certification or emergency certification), child abuse/neglect training not done as well as other school safety/health. Staff says these items could get done in time but if not, SOAR will not open its doors.
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I'm at the Charter Commission meeting today as they vote on the final approval/disapproval of two charter applications - Willow and Summit (in Walla Walla and Seattle respectively). Summit will be the second charter in Seattle (in the
I'm also going to the Board's Executive Committee meeting this afternoon (I'd like to drop into the A&F Committee meeting but I think the Executive Committee meeting will take most of my focus).
FYI, on the A&F agenda, check out pages 16-27, wherein we find that the District wants to give all non-represented staff a raise. About 3% over the next couple of years and seemingly based on the fact that represented staff are getting a raise.
But...isn't that because represented staff got a raise (after years of not getting one) because of McCleary dollars? This raise for non-represented staff is going to cost the District nearly $1M.
But the information on those pages is VERY illuminating if you ever wondered who gets paid what. AND we finally know that JSCEE staff does NOT work on a full-year schedule. There are 260-day employees, 204-day employees and 223-day employees. Mystery solved about the powering down in the summer. (I will note that like school staff, many JSCEE staff work much longer than an 8-hour day most weeks during their work year.)