I am unlikely to be able to do this all night but it seems clear that no vote will be taken on growth boundaries. I say that because both Director Patu and Director Blanford are not in attendance (she's at a conference and no reason was given for his absence.) As well, Superintendent Nyland is not there and Deputy Superintendent Steve Nielson is filling in for him.
As Nielson noted during the superintendent's comments, it's a big issue to not have a full roster of board members there to vote on.
I will have more to say on the MTSS presentation that was given.
Representative Gerry Pollet got to speak as an elected official. He said that Nyland Herndon, Nielson and others met with five members of the Seattle legislative group yesterday, in what he said was a productive meeting. He said that he wanted to speak on the Cedar Park issue and the legislative agenda and that they were closely intertwined.
He said it took a lot of parents to get the district to meet our "serious overcrowding and capacity issues" several years ago and that Cedar Park was one of the buildings that they had asked the State for money to renovate to meet that need. When we asked for funding and it was for a school for 240-280 students, not 400 students, not 350 students.
He stated he was very concerned about opening the school that looks to be segregated but that's what, to him, it looks like the district is doing. He said it would be serving the highest poverty census tract in Seattle which might come as a surprise to think it is south of the ship canal. "We can and have to do better." "But we should not open a building" for a high-needs population that needs supports especially in a building that is less-than-desirable.
He said the Supreme Court is holding the State in contempt for issues both around funding and capital needs. The school construction formula has not changed for years and years and this has penalized Seattle. He pointed out that many Puget Sound suburban newly built schools look like they are for Southern California, with no inside halls while SPS has interior halls and stairwells. He wants to change the formula.
He said he is going to advocate for state dollars to renovate John Rogers that is just one of several schools that want to serve these high-needs students. He also said they are trying to provide more transportation funding.