Monday, August 03, 2015

Seattle Schools Starting to Power Back Up

This is the last week of real downtime for the District.  Next week sees the Board and staff with several meetings.  However, some calendar items are at Marty McLaren's campaign website and not at SPS.  Given some of them are next week, I'm trying to get clarification.  I'm also hoping that agendas will be available soon.
 Monday, August 10th
Curriculum&Instruction at 4:30 pm at JSCEE.
The minutes from the last meeting in June reflect a presentation of the BAR for both Green Lake and Pathfinder to become Creative Approach schools.  Since that time, Green Lake appears to have withdrawn its application.

Tuesday, August 11th
Families & Education Levy meeting at City Hall, 7th floor from 4-5:30 pm.  No agenda available but I would lay odds there will be some discussion of the launching of the City's Preschool Program in several places.

Wednesday, August 12th
Executive Committee of the Whole.   That's what McLaren's website reflects even though the district's calendar does not.  The Board's calendar reflects a regular Ex Committee meeting on Thursday the 13th.  I have a call into the Board office for clarification.

 If the Board is meeting as a whole before the next Board meeting on Wednesday, August 19th, there may be something important they will discuss.  Ron English? Someone else leaving? Bell Times?

The last Ex Ctm meeting of the Whole was in June and had a single topic - the City's Preschool Program.

Thursday, August 13th 
Audit&Finance Committee meeting at 4:30 pm at JSCEE.

The Quarterly A&F in June reflected this work (audit is SPS, not State Auditor):

Senior executives reviewed the status of open audit findings corrective action plans with the Audit Committee. The offices with the most open audit findings are: 

- Business & Finance – 7 items
- Human Resources – 6 items
- Teaching & Learning – 6 items
 - Capital Facilities – 4 items

Friday, August 14 
BEX Oversight Committee from 8:30-10:30 am, JSCEE, Room2750
Tuesday, August 8th
Public meeting on draft EIS for changing bell times at JSCEE, 6-8 pm.

Wednesday, August 19th.
Board meeting starting at 4:15 pm.
This meeting will see action on the Program Service Agreement with the City's Preschool Program.  Given that it isn't even entirely clear where the classrooms will be at SPS (save three), I find it hard to believe the Board will say yes to this.

Further out but something to definitely keep on your radar:
Wednesday, August 26th 
Board work session: Strategic plan, Governance priorities, JSCEE, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Board work session: Bell times, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Both of these will be fairly important to what are the priorities of senior staff going forward AND if they will continue to push back on any changes to bell times.  

Also on Bell Times, here's a link to the EIS for Bell Times that comes in at a whopping 103 pages.  I have not read it yet.

As well, going into September there are to be a series of public meetings on the BTA IV and Operation levies.  I'll post those later. 

1 comment:

mirmac1 said...

Ain't that somthin' Much is made about teachers only working 180 days in the year - but what about central administrative staff?