The Seattle Times is reporting that the previously-desired-by-the-District Federal Reserve Building may somehow rise taller under its new owner, Martin Selig. The article also corrects/contradicts earlier reporting that the roof was part of the historic landmark status; it's not. Reading what has to be done in order to build higher is pretty much convincing evidence that SPS could not have made this into a school.
KING-5 story on the installation of geothermal heating at Adams.
It's something the district says is becoming its new standard.
The district anticipates $30,000 of savings on energy reduction every year for Adams Elementary.
Is it? I think maybe a goal as it's pretty expensive to do. Otherwise, the district would be doing this at all the new or renovated buildings. As for that second statement, I'll have to ask. Because when they did this at HIMS, we were told the savings wouldn't be realized for at least a decade.
Want to see something completely heartbreaking at a school? It's a kid in Kentucky being handcuffed by a school resource officer for bad behavior. But because the cuffs are too big, the cuffs are up the child's arms, behind his back, therefore pulling on him harder than if he were just cuffed at the wrists. The ACLU is helping the families sue.
The groups say that law enforcement in schools must be trained on
how to work with children with disabilities and trauma. Learning
de-escalation skills should be as common as fire drills for schools and
any law enforcement officers who serve them
In much better news, the Connecticut News Project reports that President Obama has chosen a nationally recognized expert, Dr. James P. Comer, to join an Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
Comer said he will stress to the committee the central importance of
child development in helping disadvantaged minority kids succeed.
“The modern school reform movement that focuses on math and reading,”
Comer said, “misses what schools are about. Schools are to prepare
students to be successful in life.”
In an update from my previous reporting about upcoming SPS meetings, there is indeed an Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday, August 13th and it is a regular committee meeting, not one of the Whole. Still no agendas for the three Board committee meetings next week.
Normally, this is the point where I would say, what's on your mind? But I need to add that for the next couple of days to a week, I'll be moderating comments. It certainly isn't my first choice but it's necessary for now.