- parents in West Seattle (well, some) are worried about the economic divide that is being created by schools with higher free/reduced lunch students all feeding into one middle school while the schools with less F/RL feed into the other. Since they are setting up the middle schools areas to almost "feed" into the high schools (even though that isn't technically what the SAP does), then you'll have that same divide continuing into high school.
-one parent has a very passionate plea about PTAs (she's talking about Concord). She said she knew going in that they were struggling and that she sees that not having a PTA system in place makes the struggle harder. This would be a great place for the Seattle Council PTSA to step in to mentor but the district (via the principal) needs to give parents support as they try to organize.
- several parents asked why Concord and Denny are not considered option schools if they are international schools (sound familiar?). Answer: "Sundquist said he’d wondered about that too and had asked the district’s chief academic officer to study it."
- Steve said a couple of interesting things. Here's what I wrote in the comments section:
“Sundquist took sharp issue with that, calling the money raised by PTSAs and other such efforts “a tiny tiny sliver of the funding” schools get..”
Really? He knows how much PTSA money is raised in every single school? And how much is raised by school foundations (yes, some schools have them) and booster groups? It’s a LOT of money. Likely more than he would like to admit. How does he think the Roosevelt and Garfield Jazz bands exist? The district? Please. Those programs exist because of the fantastic directors who are aided by the time and resources of parents (for decades). Also (and sadly), because this district spends so little on basic maintenance, PTAs are starting to pay for maintenance that should be under the district’s domain but hey, great if parents pay for it.
Also, he said that “no decisions on grandfathering are likely before January, Sundquist said, saying the district has to finalize the attendance maps first, then see how many families will be affected.”
The attendance maps will be final by vote on November 18th. The first time we see a transition plan will be December 16th at a Board Work Session. That’s where it will be revealed how much, if any, grandfathering of siblings will happen. The transition plan will be approved in January but we will see outlines of the transition plan in December. (This was verified at the recent Roosevelt meeting on the new boundary maps held this past Thursday. Steve was in attendance and this question was asked and answered.)
One mom, Kathleen, said this:
"During the meeting it was suggested that PTAs over-all effect on schools was mostly through fundraising. PTAs contribute only a small amount of the over-all budget for a school compared to the school district and therefore the schools without PTAs are not that disadvantaged. I would argue that the effect PTA’s have on the success of the school has more to do with their ability to build community and train parents to advocate for their programs."