Monday, December 12th
Curriculum&Instruction Committee meeting, JSCEE from 4:30-6:30 pm. Agenda
The Agenda is 162 pages, most of it the contract with the yearbook vendor. But, there many important things to review besides that contract.
- Annual approval of schools (CSIPs) - this one was presented at the last C&I meeting and found wanting by the Board committee members so it was sent back to have adjustments. I'll note that the CSIPs have this notation on Advanced Learning - What alternative instructional techniques and services will we implement for our Advanced Learners (ALO), Sped, ELL students?
Schools could very well have Spectrum and HCC-tested students; don't they have to meet their needs as well?
- Instructional Materials Waivers
Page 127 shows a list of the schools with waivers.
- Indian Heritage High School
Page 127 starts this discussion which includes several ideas on locating NA programs including at Cedar Park. Page 133 shows the Pros and Cons of Licton Springs K-8 at various locations. Page 141 says about LS "It was kept open as a small Native-focused school and receives considerable district support to sustain the program ($2K per student.) About one-fourth of the 130 students are Native."
It is unclear to me what the "$2K per student" means exactly.
Page 147 shows a BAR from March 13, 2014 which I am supposing to be the evidence that Licton Springs was never going to have more than 150 students at RESMS.
- K-5 English Language Arts, starting on page 155
- Math Adoption Update, page 157
- Advanced Learning update, starts on page 158. This is the same years-long project to revamp AL that we have seen before. I think it is a lot of stalling nonsense.
Tuesday, December 13th
Audit&Finance Committee meeting, JSCEE from 4:30-6:30 pm. Agenda
Review of audits including Rainier Beach High School. There was this (partial):
Although school audits were included in the annual internal audit plan, this audit was initiated in response to complaints regarding untimely payments to vendors.This item points out two problems. One, that the district - and it's now 2016 - still does not have procedures in place that are clearly explained to school staff about purchase orders and personal services contracts? Does the name Silas Potter ring a bell?
The School does not have clear ownership over the process for creating purchase orders and personal services contracts or the process for initiating these documents after the fact. Each person we interviewed believed that this was the responsibility of someone else. The staff members initiating the purchases with the vendors believed that the purchase orders and personal services contracts were being completed by the administrative staff, and the administrative staff believed they were being completed by the staff person requesting the goods or services. This lack of ownership resulted in purchases being made without proper approvals which prolonged the payment process. District procedures do not specify whether purchase orders and personal services contracts should be initiated by the staff person initiating the purchase or by administrative staff. This is a building level decision; however, the School never assigned clear responsibility for this function. A lack of communication and procedural understanding amongst the staff involved also contributed to the delayed payments.
Two, that "this is a building-level decision" and yet people within the building never had to file anything with the district about who oversees finances at the school? That one's on the district as well.
The Recommendation does not say anything about what JSCEE staff should be doing but rather what the school should be doing.
On volunteers, oh look, another school that isn't complying with rules about volunteers in the building AND field trip policies/procedures.
On building rental, RBHS did not follow district policy on facility rental with lack of proof of liability insurance and payment of rental fees. How much money the district lost because of this is unknown.
The audit of HR shows that every single person in HR "had access to the Personnnel Administrator Role in the SAP HR Module. This role not only grants authority to change employees' private information, but it also includes access to change employee pay." There is no reason given why this is.
Meany Middle School Family and Community Meeting, 6:00-7:30 pm at Miller Community Center
Community Budget Gap Meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm at Ballard High School.
The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting three regional meetings for families to provide feedback on budget priorities. (There are two this week and one the first week of January.)
Wednesday, December 14th
Board Work Session, Executive Session, no agenda available
Thursday, December 15th
Operations Committee meeting, JSCEE, no agenda available
Community Budget Gap Meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm at South Shore PreK-8
Cedar Park Community Meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm at Cedar Park Elementary.
Discussion around Cedar Park being an elementary school (but see the documentation for the C&I meeting on Monday for details, starting on page
Saturday, December 17th
Community meeting with Director Patu from 10 am to 11:30 am at Raconteur
Community meeting with Director Harris from 1:00-3:00 pm at Delridge Library