A lively meeting and I will flesh this out later but here's what's happening:
- Director Blanford is not present (Director Peters is not but is on the phone) - It was stated that he wants the entire amount to roll over to 2017-2018 over the worry about various issues including the possible levy cliff
-There are a number of possible categories to spend those dollars. The Board and staff agreed on mitigation, SMART goals, Compliance, IB x 3 schools, reserves, middle school math adoption and Escrow (meaning don't decide on spending now but spend this year.)
- Board says yes to $2.3M for mitigation to schools. There was also an announcement that there are about 18 FTE teachers set-aside for possible split classroom mitigation. (There may be more money - they were talking about another $2M from another source.)
- Compliance - district staff estimates this at $1.9M (because regs are not yet written). A win would be for the amount to be lower than $1.9M.
- IB x 3 schools (Ingraham, RBHS and Chief Sealth) - $750K. (I note that there are several other sources in play for more resources for continuing IB. More to come.