Highlights from Board Meeting
More fleshing out tomorrow but:
- Lunch/Recess Matters made a huge impact at the Board meeting. Armed with signs, cute kids (and a couple who were great speakers "We need to get the wiggles out") and, most of all, research and facts to back up their argument, speaker after speaker asked how so many schools were cutting back on the length of time for lunch/recess.
The press release about the lunch/recess issue did not entirely jibe with what Pegi McEvoy told the Board about what the district is doing. She said there were two taskforces so I'm unclear if the one referenced in the press release is a new one or one of the existing ones. I'm seeking clarification.
- Directors Carr and Patu were not in attendance. News that Communications head Lesley Rogers is leaving was sad news for all. Rogers is one of the most hardworking yet cheerful people in SPS and she will be missed.
- The Board voted 5-0 to reject the district going forward with applying to acquire the Federal Reserve building for a downtown school. The downtown speakers were decidedly subdued and encouraged the Board to go for the building at auction. (I don't know where that money would come from either but it makes more sense. Again, still waiting for downtown businesses to step up. Longtime district watcher Chris Jackins pointed out that it seems like developers want the district to step up to help better downtown (for more density) and yet they don't want to help pay for amentities for that density.