Yes to the Seattle Council PTSA's Suggestion on the Board Agenda
This just came across my desk and, at this point, I agree. The agenda is a mess (not to mention the Growth Boundaries plan. There's now even some mystery motion to change the agenda (with no explanation of what).
PTA members,As you know, the position of Seattle Council PTSA is that Seattle Public Schools should only change the boundaries connected to the most critical capacity issues for 2014-15, and the district should delay future boundary changes until a community engagement process that works for all families can be implemented. In order to make this happen we are proposing the following for the 11/20/2013 School Board Meeting:
- Realign the amendments to match the appropriate plan (either the Growth Boundaries Plan or the Capacity Management Plan) and move the sequence of the proposals on the agenda to vote for the Intermediate Capacity Management Plan prior to the Growth Boundaries Plan (it is reversed on the current agenda).
- FIRST vote for the Intermediate Capacity Management Plan and related amendments
- THEN vote "no" on the Growth Boundaries PlanThis change on the agenda would allow the school board directors to vote for the Intermediate Capacity Management Plan first (i.e. the critical issues), as amended, and then vote NO on the Growth Boundaries Plan. This action would allow a chance to go back and do more analysis on the long term plan.To request this change to the agenda please email the school board(firstname.lastname@example.org), the superintendent (email@example.com), and the growth boundaries planning team (GrowthBoundaries@seattleschools.org) urging them to change the agenda as proposed above.The more people who push for this, the more likely it is to happen!