From SPS Communications:
Tuesday, Nov. 3 Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) community gathering cancelled
Due to an unforeseen circumstance we must cancel and reschedule the Nov. 3, 2015 DHH Community Gathering. A critical component for this meeting is appropriate interpretation services. Despite early requests and multiple agency contacts, interpretation services were not secured. The district was informed of this on Oct. 30.
Monday, Nov. 2
- Work Session: Superintendent 2014-15 Evaluation (4:30-6:00 PM)
- Executive Session: Evaluate the performance of a public employee (6:00-8:30 PM*)
- Location: Board Office Conference Room, John Stanford Center
The Work Session is open to the public but the Executive Session is closed to the public. It is clear they are probably going to be talking about the Superintendent's contract including adding a year to it and/or a raise. Personally, I don't think either action is justified by the Superintendent's performance. He himself came here, saying it was only for three years.
Tuesday, Nov. 3
Election day for four seats on the Board; three will be new Board members and one might be an incumbent or be a new person.
Wednesday, Nov 4
School Board meeting at JSCEE, starting at 4:15 pm. Agenda.
This is the next-to-the-last meeting for the current Board. (Their last meeting together will be Nov. 18th. I believe the new Board members will be installed on Dec. 1.) They will be voting on several pivotal issues.
- Under the Consent agenda, there's the Personnel agenda. It lists hires, rehires and "separations." One of those is for the principal of Queen Anne Elementary, David Elliott. It is under "separations" but the date is 6/30/2016. I don't know if this is placeholder for when he might really leave OR maybe the district is doing the smart thing and keeping him to finish the school year for the good of the school community.
- Vote on 2015-2016 legislative agenda
- Fully Fund McCleary including Regional Salaries
- Address Capacity Needs in Seattle
- Close opportunity gaps
- Bell Times. I see nothing different from the last iteration with Tier Three with 13 schools. I do, however, note this which I find troubling:
I'd like to know the definition of "minor." In absence of that definition, I see that statement as more of a power grab by the Superintendent than just allowing latitude.
- Severing of the official relationship between the district and the Alliance for Education.
- Two major technology contracts with three different companies.
- Approval of the Student Assignment Plan. This is a MAJOR overhaul in several directions. It is not a clear document that could be put up at the district's website as a resource for parents. It leaves too many unanswered questions (whose answers appear to hang on whatever the Superintendent and staff want the answers to be). This is not, as was told at the three community meetings advertised as "growth boundaries" meetings with "minor revisions" to the student assignment plan. It is an utter switch from Board oversight of the student assignment plan to rubberstamping a fill-in-the-blanks template that operates at the will of the Superintendent.
- Approval of the BTA IV levy including the list of projects. I find this list disappointing. As well, one major item was added after the community meetings with no real public notice except at this blog. (That is over $8M to help pay off the bonds for the JSCEE.) If that's what happens before the election, what happens to that list after the election? Because of that (and because of the Cedar Park situation), I will be voting no on BTA IV.
Thursday, Nov. 5th
State of the District Speeches. There will be two speeches.
- 1:00 pm at City Hall in the Bertha Knight Landes room. In past years, this event has been produced by the Alliance for Education so it will be interesting to see how an SPS stage-managed event will be. Wonder if Sara Morris, CEO, of the Alliance will come? Will the Mayor come?
- 7:00 pm an "encore" speech at JSCEE.
Executive Committee meeting at 4:30 pm at JSCEE. No agenda yet available.
Friday, Nov. 6th
Work Session on District Scorecard/Operations Data Dashboard, 4:30-6:30 pm. No agenda available and it's unusual to see one on a Friday. But hey, the Superintendent's evaluation is partially based on this info.
There are no director community meetings on Saturday.