Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Free ORCA Cards for Free/Reduced Lunch Secondary Students on Board Agenda

This just got put on the agenda for tonight's Board meeting (thanks to reader Lynn for the heads up):

Motion to Amend the Agenda – Superintendent Nyland has requested that a motion to amend the agenda be made to add an introduction item to accept a grant from the City of Seattle in the amount of $510,017.58, in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement, and to amend the 2015-16 Transportation Service Standards, to implement the ORCA Card Passport Program Enhancement for Free and Reduced Lunch Secondary students for the 2015-16 school year. 

Given the time sensitivity of this item, the motion to amend would include a waiver, for the purposes of this motion only, from the requirements that the item be posted to the district’s website at least three days in advance of the meeting, as discussed in Policy No. 1420.

So two things:

1) this would appear to cover both middle and high school students and I'd have to go look up those numbers.  Usually, the number of F/RL students drops in middle/high school, both because the kids don't like the food and because of the stigma that they feel is part of that.  I suspect that with the ORCA card now being available, the numbers will go up.

2) I believe the City offered $1M for this but maybe all that was needed was the $500K+.

I think if this passed, the City/District will likely have a joint press release with more info.

In other Board meeting news, the speaker list is full with two people on the waitlist.  There is a variety of topics to be covered but many speakers will be expressing their thoughts on the EEU change.

As well, the Superintendent is pulling the CSIPs item until the next Board meeting.  I thought there was a timetable to be met for this item but frankly, better to get it right than get it done.

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