Bellevue Makes Some Decisions
One was to choose the Holt math series over Discovering math. Interestingly, there are 6 members of their Board and only 3 were there and all three voted for Holt. (Which begs the question, shouldn't there have been at least 4 to vote?)
Two, like Seattle, Bellevue won't be voting on their budget until July. But their survey of parents seemed to influence their superintendent's recommendations. The parents survey top five were:
"reducing temperatures, increasing parking fees, cuts to central administration, raising athletics fees, and increasing meal prices."
Notice that one in the middle - cuts to central administration?
From the article:
The recommendations from District Superintendent Amalia Cudeiro included those same items, plus:
• Bussing changes
• Charging for sports transportation
• Putting off equipment replacements for transportation and cafeterias
• Charging families for gifted-entry tests
• Reducing support for AP practice tests
• Decreasing the curriculum department budget by 10 percent
• Reducing elementary summer school
• Charging for clock hours
• Decreasing support for National Board candidates
Controversial proposals to reduce the number of elementary-school librarians, eliminate elementary band and orchestra, and drop certain athletic programs did not make the superintendent's list.
Those measures also ranked low in the survey results.
So let me get this right. The Superintendent in Bellevue asked parents what they thought about cutting in their school budgets, listened and then included their top 5 choices in her recommendations as well as rejecting their lower choices.
That's public engagement, SPS.