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Friday, November 28, 2008

Timeline & Process for Making Your Voice Heard

UPDATED UPDATE (Monday morning): The Seattle School District e-mail server is working again.

And if you use the phone, call (206) 252-0042 for sign-up to testify at the various public hearings listed below.

But call a different number, (206) 252-0040 for sign-up to testify at the School Board Meetings.

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In addition to posting on this and other blogs, make sure to make your voice heard where it really counts, with School Board members and district staff.

You can comment on the recommendations and the process in person, by e-mail, and by snail-mail. According to the district, "All recommendations must include how they support the Guidelines for Building Closure." So make sure to review the guidelines document to help you frame your response.

In Person

Sign-ups for public testimony at the public hearings will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker, and should focus on the school building about which the hearing is being held. To sign up to give testimony, please call (206) 252-0042 or e-mail hearing@seattleschools.org. It looks like you can begin signing up to testify at public hearings now.

Sign-ups for public testimony for regular School Board meetings are accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on the Monday before each meeting. (December 3, 17, January 7 and 21). Call (206) 252-0040 or e-mail boardagenda@seattleschools.org and provide your name, telephone number, e-mail address, and the topic you would like to address.

Information about how to sign-up for the special board meeting on January 29 will be announced later.

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Now, e-mail or call the District to sign up to testify at a public hearing.

Monday, December 1, 8:00 am, e-mail or call the District to sign up to testify at the Board meeting

Wednesday, December 3, 6:00 p.m, discussion of Preliminary Recommendations, School Board meeting, Stanford Center

Thursday, December 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Community workshop Stanford Center

Saturday, December 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Community workshop Filipino Community Center, 5740 MLK Jr Way

Monday, December 15, 8:00 am, e-mail or call to sign up to testify at the Board meeting

Monday, December 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Public hearings

  • T.T. Minor - 1700 E. Union St.
  • Pinehurst – 11530 12th Ave. N.E.
  • Van Asselt - 7201 Beacon Ave. S.

Tuesday, December 16, 6:30-8:30 pm, Public hearings

  • Genesee Hill - 5012 S.W. Genesee St.
  • Mann – 2410 E. Cherry St.
  • Old Hay - 411 Boston St.

Wednesday, December 17, 6:00 p.m, School Board meeting, Stanford Center

Thursday, December 18, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Public hearings

  • Lowell – 1058 E. Mercer St.

Monday, January 5, 8:00 am, e-mail or call to sign up to testify at the Board meeting

Tuesday, January 6, Superintendent releases Final Recommendations

Wednesday, January 7, 6:00 p.m, Final Recommendations introduced at School Board meeting, Stanford Center

Monday, January 19, 8:00 am, e-mail or call to sign up to testify at the Board meeting

Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 p.m, School Board meeting Stanford Center

Thursday, January 22, 6:00 p.m, Final public hearing, Stanford Center

Thursday, January 29, 6:00 p.m, School Board vote on Final Recommendations, Stanford Center

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By E-Mail

Comments can be e-mailed to capacity@seattleschools.org.

By Snail-Mail

Comments can be mailed to: School Board, PO Box 34165, MS 11-010, Seattle, WA, 98124-1165.

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