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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Seattle Schools This Week

Tuesday, June 18th
Audit and Finance Ctm meeting (quarterly audit mtg) from 4-6 p.m.  Agenda.
Includes:
- exit conference from State Auditor on accountability
- internal audits include Kimball Elementary, custodial services/grounds, and Denny
- risk management
- ethics update

Wednesday, June 19th
School Board meeting starting at 4:15 pm.  Agenda.

Includes:
- academic calendar for 2013-2014.  There appear to be two Options, A and B (the difference being PD waiver days in A and not in B.) They want the Board to approve both as the BOE doesn't meet to discuss the district's request for PD waiver days until July 12th.  The other difference is 2 days of TRI but different dates for A and B.  There appear to be two snow days at the end of the year in June and one they could use for the Day between Semesters.  And yes, there continues to be a full-week of mid-winter break.  It's unclear to me if this is a final from SEA.  
- the NWEA contract (MAP) for about $470k
- intro of an extension of Superintendent Banda's contract until 2016.  This is a one-year added extension to his contract which was to expire in June 2015.  To note:

This action does not change the Superintendent’s compensation. Discussions on compensation are being deferred until after the state budget is adopted
by the legislature and after the current contract negotiations with the
Seattle Education Association, Principals’Association of Seattle Schools and Local 609
International Union of Operating Engineers.
 
- approval of the Seattle Teacher Residency Students "contingent certificated contracts".  I note the MOU is missed two pages (4 and 5) .  It appears that the Alliance will be the employer for the Program director and staff.  
 
- increasing the 2012-2013 budgeted transfers from Capital Projects Funds to the General Fund by $3.3M.  This is for "certain technology related expenditures and certain maintenance/repairs." On the one hand, the "technology-related expenditures" is for "salary costs" but the maintenance money is for up to $800k of expenditures for summer 2013.  I like the latter.

Thursday, June 20th
Operations Ctm meeting from 4-5:30 pm. Agenda not yet available.

Charter School Commission Meeting from 10 am to 5 pm.  Agenda not yet available
Seattle University, Loyola 203

This is the last Commission meeting in the Seattle area until October.   The Commission has had several Executive meetings in June to interview Ex. Director candidates.


9 comments:

What ? said...

Our classrooms have hemorrhaged from continous cuts to eduation.

It is unethical to even think about Banda getting a raise.

It is time to put the kids first.

Anonymous said...

The Proposed Action Report on the Highly Capable Students Program State Grant (School Board Agenda) states that "Best practices recommendations from a review by national experts from the University of Virginia reported to the Board in November 2007 are currently being implemented." It seems to say this every year. I would love to hear someone ask for a description of which recommendations have been and will soon be implemented.

Lynn

Stephen said...

Why go back to a full week of mid-winter break?

Melissa Westbrook said...

Banda is not receiving a raise (at least not under this extension).

Lynn, Charlie points out - every year - that statements are made in this item that are never enforced or happen in practice in SPS.

Stephen, the answer I was given is that the district and the SEA agreed to a back and forth on this issue to see how it plays out. I think that a dumb and confusing thing to do but that is what I was told.

Anonymous said...

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CHM

mirmac1 said...

What I find interesting is the note on the board agenda that the comments from the Board/Supt Eval work session will be posted the morning of the meeting.

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