Seattle Schools Week of Jan. 7-12, 2013

Monday, January 7th
If you wish to speak at Wednesday's Board meeting (where the Transition Plan for 2013-2014 will be introduced), sign up today beginning at 8 am, either or 252-0040. 

Tuesday, January 8th
Special Education Advocacy & Advisory Council Meeting from 6:30-9:00 p.m., JSCEE, second floor, room 2700.
The open forum part of the meeting is from 6:30-7:30 pm with a Working Group Session from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9th
Executive Committee Meeting - 8:30-10 am.  Agenda

College Goal Sunday from 3-7 p.m. at Cleveland High School, to help students and families get information on applying for financial aid for college and helping them complete the FAFSA form.  

Additional information about College Goal Sunday can be found at or by emailing Krista Rillo,

School Board Meeting starting at 4:15 pm at JSCEE.  Agenda

- Annual disclosure of financial/conflict of interest for Board and Executive Administrators (nothing to report here).
- approval of a contract for software to track capital projects, nearly $1M.  I hope they chose wisely.
- approval of the Road Map Project (SPS is part of the group of districts to receive money under RTTT per this project).  A little late to be approving it.
- applying for a grant from OSPI for energy operational costs savings.  Interestingly, this is for TT Minor, Horace Mann and possibly Meany Middle school buildings.  Apparently there are BTA funds allocated to take care of issues at these buildings that the OSPI grant could cover.   This would be great if the district got some grant money as they could use all the capital funds they can get to cover our buildings and their issues. 
- intro of Transition Plan for next year:

The main changes recommended for the NSAP Transition Plan for 2013-14 are:
 Simplification of tiebreakers
 Additional of a distance tiebreaker for elementary and middle school attendance area
 Changes to Spectrum middle school assignments
 Implementation of a GeoZone for K-5 STEM at Boren
 Designation of the Jane Addams building as an attendance area middle school, with a
feeder pattern comprised of the John Rogers, Olympic Hills and Sacajawea attendance
areas. The new attendance area middle school and the current Jane Addams K-8
environmental science option school will be temporarily co-located in the Jane Addams
 Transfer of the Laurelhurst attendance area from the Hamilton feeder pattern to the
Eckstein feeder pattern

I hope you didn't miss that "simplification of tiebreakers" followed by adding a new one.

- new policy on "attendance area transfers" - this appears to simplify things but I think I need a second read on it.

Thursday, January 10th
Audit&Finance Committee meeting from 4-5:30 p.m.  Agenda not yet available

Memorial for Dr. Goodloe-Johnson at Mount Zion Baptist Church at 4:30 p.m.  (The announcement states that she "passed away after a long battle with cancer."  This was never publicly acknowledged, before or right after her death, so this is new.)

College Goal Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Franklin High School.

Enrolling for Kindergarten at Olympic Hills Elementary from 6-7:30 p.m.

What to bring to enroll into Seattle Public Schools:
  • Birth Certificate (K-1 grade only) CIS (Immunizations)
  • Two documents verifying parent name and proof of Seattle residence (Example: utility bills, lease, DSHS; Shelter/transitional housing letter)
  • Admission Form
  • Photo ID of parent/guardian
See flyer for more details and locations

Director Peaslee Community Meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Lake City Library.

Saturday, January 12th
Director Carr Community Meeting from 8:30-10 am at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr North - Main Sancutary Bld, Classroom A

Director Martin-Morris Community Meeting from 9:30-11:30 am at Diva Espresso, 8013 Lake City Way NE

Director McLaren Community Meeting from 10:15am - 12:15 pm at Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW


Vote NO on The The Operations Levy said…
Seattle School District No. 1
Proposition No. 1

The Seattle School District’s enrollment rate continues to grow; yet the school district has continually
used and mismanages many of the funds provided to them. Countless dollars are not being spent on
repairs; schools are taking a loss in funds by selling school at losses only to reopen them.

In 2009 the school district was offered $9.7 million for the sales of Martin Luther King Elementary. When
all was said and done they voted to sell it to a non-profit church for $2.3 million. This is lost money that
could have provided much needed maintenance. Arbor Heights the oldest school in the district and the
most in need of repairs is not even part of the money allotted in the levy. Now the school district is nearly
$550 million in back repairs.

This mismanagement of funds is not helping our students. We need improvement in our schools. Do you
as a voter want to see your tax dollars go down the drain?

Vote NO on the operations Levy
Tax payer said…
Does anyone know if the MLK property is being used as per the SPS agreement?
Eric B said…
@Vote No, Arbor Heights is on the BEX IV list for replacement on every public document I've seen. I can definitely understand wanting it to be done sooner than the original schedule suggested, but that's not the same as the building not being on the list at all. Do you have a source for AH not being included in BEX?
Unknown said…
Voting no on the upcoming levy in February will not help the students in crumbling schools such as Arbor Heights.

Folks, please vote yes!

- public school parent
Nick Esparza said…
If you vote yes the school district will just get money they spend on useless things. So far they have had millions of dollars over the years. Schools are still in need of repair. Why was the previous money not used to help the schools? Where did all that money go? Why are we selling schools like MLK to a non profit church for 2.5 million when a someone else offered 9.7 million? That is 7 million dollars in money we could have used for repairs.

No need to throw money into the garbage and give people something they don't know how to use properly. They have had the money and did not use it.

I am voting NO.

The other thing that people are saying if I vote NO I am not helping the kids. Well they already are neglecting the kids with poor decisions. We may help a few by giving money, but not the main ones that need it. It is not a wise choice. Stop hiding behind the fact that the kids will lose out. They messed up the chance to help by misuse in the past. Want me to support the kids do a better job at using what you already have.
Patrick said…
I think you exaggerate how much money gets wasted. Some, sure, but not that much compared with how much they're using. Should the high schools that were severely unsafe in earthquakes not have been renovated? Should they have destroyed the architectural beauty of landmarked prewar buildings?

So if the measure passes, some of the money might be wasted and some needed repairs might not be done. But if it doesn't pass, it's guaranteed that none of the repairs will be done.
Lori said…
Also this week, there is a march and rally on Sunday 1/13/13, starting at Westlake and ending at Seattle Center, to show support for ending gun violence. The primary sponsor is the gun safety group, Washington CeaseFire, but there are many other official sponsors, with more joining the list each day. The date was chosen to get attention in Olympia prior to the start of the next legislative session on 1/14.

Info here:

In light of the horrific tragedy last month in Newtown, the theme of the rally is "Turning anger into action." Indeed, I'm angry, and I'll be there. I hope many of you will also participate.

Gun violence is an issue that parents should care about. The number 1 killer of children in this country is injuries, and gun injuries are a large portion of that number. And it's a multifacted problem, ranging from mass shootings to the daily carnage guns produce in our cities to youth suicides, an often overlooked problem that we could so easily reduce if more people understood that the impulsiveness of youth and the lethality of guns just shouldn't be allowed to mix.

There is an excellent editorial about reducing gun deaths among children in last week's New England Journal of Medicine. Guns kill more American children and young adults than cancer and infectious diseases. This isn't a criminal justice issue; it's a public health issue. We can do better. The paper is worth reading:

Hope to see you at the rally!
Anonymous said…
"This isn't a criminal justice issue; it's a public health issue."

No its a freedom issue. Sometimes the price of freedom is the blood of children.

You want to cower in fear with no recourse against a tyrannical regime? Or do you want to know that there are safeguards that allow Americans to finally "enough!".

Put your efforts into mental health support no a quixotic attempt to restrict what the Supreme Court has affirmed as an individual right.

"Don't tread on me"
Anonymous said…
"Sometimes the price of freedom is the blood of children."

So how many dead children is enough for you to allow restrictions on assault weapons? Apparently 15 in one day is not enough for you. So how many? 20? 50? 100? 1000?

You make me want to vomit.
Anonymous said…
Reposting this because I agree with it, and am worried it will get deleted for lack of moniker.

"Sometimes the price of freedom is the blood of children."

So how many dead children is enough for you to allow restrictions on assault weapons? Apparently 15 in one day is not enough for you. So how many? 20? 50? 100? 1000?

You make me want to vomit.

Signed -That poster makes me want to vomit too.
Anonymous said…
I agree with everyone's frustration with the district, but voting "no" on the upcoming levy isn't an effective way to get the district to turn things around. It's an easy way to take your ball and go home, but it's not going to change what needs to change.

As a teacher, I've seen buildings get the equipment and remodeling they need. The recent remodel at Ingraham is a perfect example. Without levy money, those kids and teachers would still be in mold-infested portables intended to be temporary in the '60s.

I'm willing to pay an extra $60-$100 a year in the gamble that our district's new leadership will use my money well. I have a pretty good chance of that, and the more informed and active I am the higher my chances.

If I vote no, I have a 100% chance that the next generation of children will be forced to attend school in outdated, unsafe, and uninspired buildings. The only payoff is I get to punish the district and its students and I can continue to be lazy.

Vote yes.

-Teacher and Parent

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