Parents and community members have a week to apply to be on the High School Boundary Task Force.
Seattle Public Schools is seeking a diverse group of community members to serve on the High School Boundary Task Force, whose purpose is to examine and prepare a set of recommendations regarding Seattle Public Schools high school capacity management and boundary issues.The district is also holding a meeting for parents of students who may fall into the boundaries of the reopening of Magnolia Elementary School.
The report will include an examination of major capital projects that are affecting high school buildings; an exploration of past, current and possible future high school boundaries.
Open the High School Boundary Task Force Application for family and community members.
Please complete and submit the application by March 3. Applicants will be notified by email, if possible, or by phone by March 10, 2017.
Please visit our task force webpage for more information.
An attendance area will have to be established for Magnolia Elementary School to assign students to the new school. This means that the existing boundaries for Catherine Blaine, Coe and Lawton will likely be changed.The Board meets this Wednesday, March 1st, starting at 4:15 pm for its regularly scheduled board meeting. Agenda
Please join SPS Enrollment Planning and the principals of Catherine Blaine, Coe, and Lawton at the upcoming community meeting to learn more about boundary changes and share feedback with district staff. Interpreters will be available.
Magnolia Elementary Community Meetings
Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Catharine Blaine K-8, 2550 34th Ave W, Seattle
- the Board is set to approve a resolution asking the Legislature to help our district and others avoid the levy cliff. It's good the Board is taking this step but I'm fairly certain that bill is never going to make it to the floor of the Senate (by design) so here's hoping for a parachute for those districts.
-the Board is also set to approve more City pre-Ks in SPS (ending up with about 17 after the conversion of at least two Head Start classrooms and all three at South Shore Pre-K). The new ones would be Olympic Hills (1), Cedar Park (2) and BF Day (1). I'm a bit baffled about the two at Cedar Park - that space barely has room for incoming students and one bathroom. Who's paying to put in the one just for pre-K that is required?
The BAR does say:
Staff recognize the District’s capacity challenges and recommend Cedar Park, Olympic Hills and BF Day for potential partnership based on current projections. Facilities staff will continue to monitor enrollment at these sites, projections for capacity and capability for SPP partnership. If there is a significant shift in enrollment projections in these communities, one or more of these sites may not move forward. Should any of these sites become a Seattle Preschool Program, the City is aware that capacity is reviewed on an annual basis.
Of course, it's important to give teachers as much information as possible about children in their classrooms.
But here's the other side; ed reformers want to try to track children as much as possible from birth to about age 20 including this kind of sensitive data. Here's what the agreement says:
That's really good that they will keep the health files separately from the student education files except that is physical location only. Meaning, those health files ARE part of the student education files under FERPA. And, if you recall, former Secretary of Ed, Arne Duncan, changed FERPA to allow many more people and entities to access student data.2. Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social - Emotional (ASQ:SE-2). ii. Health Records. The District will maintain current and confidential health files on all enrolled children. Student health files will be kept separately from student education files.
It also says this:
Special Populations: The DEEL Coach may approve additional funding (funds requested and reimbursed outside of this agreement) if one classroom has six (6) or more children enrolled with documented evidence of social-emotional, physical, or behavioral health and development challenges.- The Board is also taking a fairly significant step in amending their policy on "Hiring of Retired School Employees).
From the BAR:
The District faces critical shortages in teaching positions, some of which are historically hard to fill (Special Education, Language Immersion) and others that are cyclical (Music, Spanish language). Hiring retired teachers is one strategy to addressing this crisis.
Our current practice is to staff retire / rehire employees for one year only and the decision to hire a retired applicant is made after a vacant position is advertised for an extended period of time (at least 3 weeks) and the best, qualified applicant is a retired applicant. The hiring manager submits rationale for the recommendation of the retired applicant and the position is offered for one year only. The vacant position must be re-advertised each year.
In light of the current teacher shortage, the State Legislature scaled back restrictions on the hiring of retired teachers during the 2016 legislative session. In order to maximize every opportunity to retain highly qualified staff, we want to align with the state guidelines that no longer require the one-year limitation on employment of retire / rehires, but only a 30-day separation. (This provision of state law sunsets in 2020.) This would promote continuity and stability in both school and program staffing.
In alignment with state law, we would continue to follow current Board Policy No. 5001 to advertise for an extended period of time (at least 3 weeks) to ensure that non retired applicants have an opportunity to apply and be selected.