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Monday, July 22, 2013

Seattle Education This Week

I was mistaken when I previously said there were no district meetings until August.

Wednesday
Audit and Finance Committee meeting of the Whole from 4-5 pm.  The only agenda item is to debate any last issues on the budget for 2013-2014 and presumably move it forward to the Board meeting.

Public Hearing on the 2013-2014 Budget
Your opportunity to weigh in on any topic in the budget.  If you have a real concern, it really is important to get it on the record.  You may sign in to speak starting a half-hour before the hearing. You will have three minutes to speak.

Special Meeting of the Board from 5:15-6:00 pm
Just one action item - voting on the new budget.  They will be taking public testimony so there are speaking opportunities for any topic.  

The City Council will be debating and voting this week on whether to create a separate fund for the money from the school speed zone tickets. 

So if these are about safety around schools and the City wants to help the district, here's a couple of things:

- fund crossing guards. The City used to do this and then cut it. The district funds a few (and so do PTAs). It would be a big help.
- fund sidewalks near schools that don't have them like Nathan Hale High School. Now that we are on a neighborhood enrollment plan, there are far more students walking to schools. Sidewalks would make it safer for everyone in those neighborhoods.
- fund community resource officers for middle/high schools (police officers)

Also, fyi, two meetings about upcoming BEX IV projects for Jane Addams and Arbor Heights.

Jane Addams K-8 @ Pinehurst site, new replacement
7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 30
Meeting to be held at Jane Addams Building

Arbor Heights Elementary, new replacement
7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 7
Meeting to be held at the Arbor Heights Building

From SPS: Representatives of the Seattle Public Schools capital projects team and the architects of the two projects will provide information about the projects’ early design progress. Attendees will be able to learn more about the projects’ scope, schedule, and design explorations; and ask questions and give feedback.

Other meetings of interest are SDOT meetings for feedback on four proposals for the NE 75th cooridor (by Eckstein Middle School).   This from the Ravenna-Bryant Community Assn.

Your feedback is requested at these two community meetings:
  • Wednesday, July 24th, 7-9PM in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)
  • Thursday, July 25th, 1-3PM in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) at Messiah Lutheran Church (7050 35th Ave NE)
There are also these improvements that will happen in the near future:
  • Photo enforcement cameras for the Eckstein school zone on NE 75th Street ($ from these to be used for road/pedestrian safety projects near schools city-wide)
  • Traffic calming on the non-arterial streets near Eckstein (SDOT will work with residents before installation of traffic calming devices such as speed bumps)
  • New crosswalk at 28th Avenue NE and NE 75th Street
  • New pedestrian countdown signals at several intersections
  • Crossing improvements at 9th Avenue NE and NE 75th Street (near the entrance to southbound Interstate 5)
  • Spot parking restrictions throughout the area to improve sight lines

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