When Seattle Schools Likes and Doesn't Like North-end PTAs

 Checking on the agendas for the various Board committees, I saw this information on the Operations Committee's agenda for Thursday, the 13th:

BTA V Levy Information Sessions (all meetings are remote)

January 13, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with Sacajawea Elementary School PTA

January 18, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with McDonald Elementary School PTA

January 20, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with Thornton Creek Elementary School PTA

January 24, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with West Woodland Elementary School

January 25, 2022, 7:00 -8:00 p.m. with Catharine Blaine K-8 PTA

January 31, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. with North Beach Elementary School

Notice anything odd for a district-wide levy? The PTAs associated with the information sessions are all either in the north end or in Magnolia. Now why wouldn't the district have ANY in the south end? At south end PTAs? 

I would venture because the north-end has bigger, more active PTAs who could be important to getting the word out on the levy election in February because COVID makes that work harder. 

But stay tuned for my next post on the Board Work Session on January 5th wherein we see that the district has a consultant who advises taking money from PTAs in order to...help other PTAs? Now that would be a fair AND natural assumption. But you would be wrong.

No, the consultant says the district should take some money from better off PTAs to fund a Participatory Budgeting project. 

 Good luck with that. 

There were a couple of remote meetings in September but oddly, it's unclear how you could access them. And there were no PTAs associated with them.



Joanna said…
Easy access to information on past work sessions and committee meetings continue to be an issue. Committee meetings and work sessions should be recorded and shared.

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