Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Strategic Plan Meeting Schedule

Tomorrow is the Alliance for Education breakfast (I'm attending) where community/business leaders are to hear from Dr. Goodloe-Johnson on her Strategic Plan for what is likely the first time for most of them. As well, community meetings start this week. Interestingly, the link to the places and times for these meetings at the district's news and calendar website doesn't work. (However, if you go to the Strategic Planning website AND then click on Get Involved, you'll find the schedule.) Additionally, despite there being several news stories about the unveiling of the plan, the only story at the website dates from December. If this is the biggest, most meaningful work that the district is going to undertake under the next 5 years, you'd think it would be complete and easily accessible.

So I'm going to the breakfast and going to my neighborhood meeting (at Roosevelt on Wednesday) but if this is the best they can do in terms of outreach, I'm not expecting much from the actual presentations.

Public meetings are:

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wednesday: Roosevelt High School library, 1410 N.E. 66th St.

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. next Thursday: West Seattle High School commons area, 3000 California Ave. S.W.

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. May 20: Aki Kurose Middle School, 3928 S. Graham St.

Dr. Goodloe-Johnson will present a more detailed proposal to the School Board on May 21; the board is to vote June 4.

You'll note that, true to form, the district has crammed these meetings all into a one-week time frame. As well, the more detailed proposal is to be presented to the Board AFTER the public meetings.


Teachermom said...

I hope to go to Roosevelt's meeting tomorrow night. I agree that the website is confusing and it's hard to find updated info on it. Keeping it updated and clear with links that don't drop would be such an easy way to improve the district's image......

Demetria said...

Please clarify the specific date of the meeting at West Seattle High School. Does "next Thursday" mean May 15 or does it mean May 22?

anonymous said...

I just received this by email:

The NE Coalition will be addressing a list of concerns at the SUPERINTENDENT’S STRATEGIC PLAN, Community meeting tonight.

Roosevelt High School, Wednesday, May 14th, 7 – 8:30 in the Library

The NE Cluster Coalition, a group of concerned parents from the NE cluster, have identified a few key issues that we want the district to address; they include the opening of a new grade school and middle school in the NE cluster in time for the 09-10 enrollment process. And, reducing existing school size to levels that allow for continued enrichment programs such as science, art and music.

We ask that you show your support and concern with your attendance, clapping for questions that you want answered and asking the questions that will support the entire cluster, grade K – 12. If new schools are to be opened in time for the 09-10 school year, decisions must be made now!

Charlie Mas said...

I was at the Alliance for Education Community Breakfast this morning, and I must say that I was pretty positively impressed by our Superintendent.

She seems to have a good sense of where the District's dysfunction lies and she seems confident that she can remedy it.

The good news, of course, is that most of the problems that she wants to fix with the Strategic Plan are the results of failures by the former District leadership. So the tasks should all be within her power, authority, and control.

I have been impatient for change, and I have been disappointed with the pace of the change, but I am starting to see something up ahead. It isn't the change - that is not yet in sight - it's the corner that we hope to turn. I don't know how encouraging that is to anyone else, but I have been here a long time and it is pretty darn exciting for me.

We still have a long way to go before we get to that corner, and even then, we're going to have trouble turning it. But at least it's on the map.

anonymous said...

That's fabulous news Charlie! I have also been impressed with our new Supt! I think she has the vision, the drive, and the experience to get the job done.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Next Thursday, means tomorrow the 15th.

Note: the wording in the listing was the district's, not mine. I had to go to the district website where the meetings link on the News and Calendars is still not working and go elsewhere to find this out.

Charlie Mas said...

Come on! Won't anyone who went to the Roosevelt meeting write us a report on it?