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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Seattle Schools This Week

Monday
Seattle Council PTSA General Meeting (topic: school budgets) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the JSCEE

Tuesday
Executive Committee Meeting of the Whole from 4-6 p.m. at JSCEE.   After the committee meeting, they will go into Executive Session (no public allowed) for "labor negotiations/potential litigation."  The agenda only reflects "superintendent search."

Wednesday
Work Session: BEX IV - 4-5:30 p.m. at JSCEE
Executive Session immediately afterwards for "potential litigation"
School Board Meeting from 6-9 p.m.  Agenda.  The agenda reflects:

- update on the John Stanford Building Bonds
- several votes on Board policies including visitors to schools and Series 6000 with Director Smith-Blum offering an amendment
- an amendment by Director Smith-Blum on moving the timeline slightly further out for Policy 1620BP due to on-going governance training that may serve this policy better.
-introduction of the item to change testimony time from 3 minutes to 2 minutes.  They note that this does not change the time for public hearings; that time will remain at 3 minutes.  (That's because public hearings are governed by an RCW and not the Board.)

Here's their research on the subject:

The Seattle City Council allows public comment for up to 2 minutes per speaker on matters
the agenda, with the total time allotted for public comment not more than 15 minutes. The King
County Council allows 2 minutes per speaker and only on topics on the agenda. Other school
districts vary in time given to each speaker, some allotting 3 minutes per speaker. However, Lake Washington School District, which gives each speaker 3 minutes, only provides an opportunity for public testimony at one meeting per month. Further, Portland Public Schools allows 3 minutes per speaker, but only for a total of 30 minutes.

That's great they did research but they did not discuss any of these other options (testimony once a month, shorter time-frame for speaking, etc. at the Executive Committee meeting).   They must have passed this research around to each other but it was never publicly discussed.

STEM at West Seattle Family Information Night from 7-8:30 p.m. at Schmitz Park Elementary

Thursday
Curriculum&Instruction/Operations Committee Meeting of the Whole from 4-7 p.m. at JSCEE.  No agenda yet available.

Arts Education Forum from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium with Mayor McGinn and Dr. Enfield.

Saturday
DeBell Community Meeting from 9-11 am at Cafe Appasionato
Peaslee Community Meeting from 10:30 am to noon at the Lake City Library

1 comment:

Catherine said...

Page B2 - today's Seattle Times - Enfield a finalist in the Burien Superintendent search. Explains the Bellevue news from last week.