Sunday, November 17, 2019

Timeline for Decisions on HCC Dismantle


Here's wording from a parent group coalescing  around the topic of revision of HCC.

We need to continue to make our case, and press the Directors directly on our points. In our letter, we asked for two things:
that the Directors decouple the discussion of the HCC program and the Technology Access Foundation, to be considered separately on their own merits; 

and: "..to review the fiscal and organizational risks of a[n HC] plan and receive public input before making changes, in order for the District to continue to meet its obligation to these students and families receiving HC services."
Please attend a meeting, and reiterate our request, tell your story, and advocate as a parent and as a constituent. Our goal is to create understanding with each board member, and our respectful dialogue will help reach them.

end of update 

A parent group put together a timeline and ways to talk to Board members about changes to the HCC program.  I urge everyone with an opinion - pro or con - to let the Board and the Superintendent know what you think.
I see that the timeline for this issue will roll into 2020.  I'd find it hard to believe that the district could enact a new plan - with all the needs for said plan like professional development/resources - in time for 2020-2021 but I think that's the plan.

The district’s next proposal to provide HC services in a “blended” model will go to the school board’s “Executive Committee of the Whole” (all directors) on December 18.

Then whatever they pass out of committee would be introduced at the January 8th board meeting for January 22nd vote before open enrollment starts February 3rd.)

The upcoming Board meeting on Wednesday, Nov 20th will be the last for directors Rick Burke, Jill Geary, and Scott Pinkham.  New Board members will take the oath of office on Monday, December 2nd with the new members' first Board meeting on December 11th.

Here's a list of upcoming directors' meetings:
  • Leslie Harris, November 23rd from 3:00PM - 5:00PM SW Branch Library
  • Lisa Rivera Smith, December 7th from 11am-1 pm at the University Branch Library
  • Eden Mack and Zachary DeWolf, December 7th from 1-2:30 pm at the Capitol Hill Library
  • Jill Geary (and likely also her replacement, Chandra Hampson). Most Tuesdays, 8-9:30 a.m., Zoka Coffee Roasters on NE Blakeley (to note, Director Geary posts at her Facebook page if this meeting is happening or not)