Monday, August 15th
Curriculum&Instruction Policy Committee Meeting, 4:30-6:30 pm, Agenda
The agenda documents are mostly taken up by the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook (which has updated info on discipline and suspensions.) It also includes a contract with TeamRead, long-time partner with the district for tutoring in reading. However, I intend to let the Board know that the student data privacy section is not strong enough. It's not enough to say "make sure you keep this safe" - whoever gets student data should be required to list what they will do.
I also see that among the many types of items that TeamRead will have access to - without student names/ID numbers is the "Discipline Action History" which includes incident date, discipline action, discipline action description and incident ID. There is no reason to give the date or the ID if all they are truly trying to do is assess how many of the students they tutoring run into discipline issues. Hmm.
At the very end of the documentation, is the new Advanced Learning program procedure. Since it has no clear definition of two-thirds of it - namely, Spectrum and Advanced Learning Opportunities - it should be rejected by the Board.
Tuesday, August 16th
Operations Committee Meeting, 4:30-6:30 pm, Agenda
A hugely long amount of documentation on garbage and recycling services to the point of making me a little suspicious. I didn't read everything but it's a lot of paper. There is also the Sexual Harassment Annual Report and the Bell Times implementation update but neither has any documentation attached at this point.
Community Task Force Meeting, 6-8:00 pm
Wednesday, August 17th (Updated with agenda)
Executive Committee Meeting, 8:30-10:30 am, Agenda
- of note from the Minutes of June 2, 2016:
the District is in the process of implementing key card access in all buildings.
Public Records Officer Natasha Walicki provided information on the annual report on how many public records requests (PRR) the department takes in. She further noted that they have recently seen a decline in requests.
Ms. Walicki noted that a portion of PRRs are from parents who want a larger view of what is occurring in their children’s schools. Director Harris and Ms. Walicki discussed the probability of the reduction of PRRs if issues were addressed at a lower level of complexity and earlier in the project.
On the Board's legislative agenda work:
On the Board's legislative agenda work:
He (Stephen Nielsen) noted that Director Geary will be the Board’s point person for these meetings.
Minutes of June 16, 2016
Director Patu asked Flip Herndon to provide more information on deferred maintenance.
Dr. Herndon noted that the list will change when the buildings are finished at the end of the summer and that there is currently about $500M in deferred maintenance costs, which will decrease to about $300M with the completion of BEX IV and BTA III work.
On the PASS contract, it appears it may have been posted on July 2nd. I'll have to ask. It also appears that staff rejected the Board's request for a Board rep to just be at the meetings.
Regarding the Board meeting next week:
- Director Pinkham has introduced a BAR to memorialize support of Federal Recognition of the Duwamish Nation. (see page 11 of the agenda)
- the PASS contract is indeed on the agenda (but no link)
- an award of a RFP for CloudBook laptops has been pulled as has a contract to replace waterlines at Ingraham
- there are 10 capital items on the Action list; the one for the restoration of masonry on Franklin's fascade has got one (kinda) funny part to it. There's a "one-year warranty" that ends in January 2017. You'd think for $1.3M we could have a longer one than that.
Thursday, August 18th
To note, the BEX Oversight Committee meeting that was scheduled for last Friday, August 12th, was cancelled.
A welcome back message from the district is on its home page with enrollment, bell times, kindergarten, vaccinations, and free/reduced lunch meals information. This is great information for families with one glaring problem.
Kindergarten Students with Special Needs: If your child is supported by an IEP and is receiving services in the following service models (Access, Focus, Social/Emotional, SM4, Medically Fragile or Deaf and Hard of Hearing), please check with your school staff to confirm their first day of school. Your student's teacher will schedule a Family Connections visit during the first few weeks of school.
One-on-One Teacher Visits "Family Connections": The three-day delayed start enables teachers to meet with each family on September 7, 8 or 9 to answer questions families may have and better support our youngest learners as they join our school and classroom communities. These teacher-parent visits called Family Connections, available at every elementary and K-8 school, are an opportunity for teachers to hear families’ hopes and dreams for their children and shape instruction accordingly.
So, if Sped students are Gen Ed students first, why do those kindergarteners have to wait for their family connections meeting? It's not even clear from that paragraph when their first day is (no less when their family will meet their teacher.) I think Sped parents have "hopes and dreams" for their students as well.