Tonight: Student Assignment Plan vote; Delridge District Council

STUDENT ASSIGNMENT PLAN: Two years in the making, the new Student Assignment Plan — the Seattle Public Schools framework for deciding which students go to which school — comes up for a key School Board vote tonight. Linked from the meeting agenda, here is the entire SAP, Part One. One point of concern is its policy regarding siblings – here’s an excerpt:

• After both parts of the assignment plan, including attendance boundaries, are approved, the next step will be development of a transition plan. The transition plan will provide specific information for families prior to the next Open Enrollment period.

• The transition plan will include procedures so entry grade siblings and older siblings have the opportunity to be assigned to the same school (which may be the new attendance area school) if requested. This does not assure assignment of the entry grade sibling to the older sibling’s current school.

If the parent/guardian indicates that the priority is to have the siblings attend the same school and space is not available at the older sibling’s current school (or for both siblings at any other schools requested), the siblings will be assigned to the new attendance area school.2

The attendance boundaries for each school, if you’re wondering, have NOT been drawn yet – that’ll come later. Also on tonight’s agenda, the $500,000 sale of part of Jefferson Square, as repeatedly reported here earlier this spring (here’s the document that’s linked from tonight’s agenda). The meeting begins at 6 pm, district HQ in Sodo; if you can’t be there but want to send feedback to school-board members, contact info’s here.

DELRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm, Youngstown Arts Center. Wondering what this meeting is really about? Delridge Neighborhood Services Coordinator Ron Angeles explained it best in a recent e-mail announcement of the meeting:

In the City of Seattle, citizens are encouraged to participate in city government and one of the most effective ways of getting involved in through your District Council.

In 1987, the Seattle City Council established the District Council system as a way of soliciting input and advice from citizens on city-sponsored programs and initiatives.

This month the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council will have on its agenda a presentation by Andrea Petzel, Senior Land Use Planner, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, on the proposed legislation to establish more backyard cottages in Southwest Seattle. And a presentation by Erin Taylor, who is representing the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group (LDWG), a group of partners (City of Seattle, King County, Port of Seattle, The Boeing Company) coordinating cleanup of the Lower Duwamish Waterway.

As customary, all Neighborhood Organizations and Groups will have an opportunity to give reports and announcements of activities, programs, and events going on in Delridge.

Please feel free to bring a neighbor, friend, student, co-worker … with you.

5 Replies to "Tonight: Student Assignment Plan vote; Delridge District Council"

  • brittany June 17, 2009 (10:20 am)

    oh this school board never ceases to amaze. a) your school is closed. b) we assign you to a school that’s ridiculously far from your home. c) if you have younger children, don’t count on them going to the same school as the kids we just shipped south. and the word “opportunity” here just makes me want to barf. yeah, thanks for the “opportunities.”

  • WSB June 17, 2009 (10:30 am)

    Also on the agenda, you’ll be interested to know if you haven’t already looked … reopening (in the north end) closed school/s because of capacity issues.

  • Charlie Mas June 17, 2009 (11:26 am)

    Oh, there are LOTS of interesting items on the agenda for tonight including the Operations Budget, the Capital Budget, the Superintendent’s Evaluation, Curriculum Alignment, Settlement of the PICS lawsuit, a motion to make Cleveland High School an alternative school, the Guiding Principles for determining the projects on the next capital levy, and approval of the Highly Capable and Bilingual grant applications.
    The sale of the Jefferson Square property isn’t for the sale of any of the land; it’s for the “air rights” of the residential space built over the retail space. Weird.

  • WSB June 17, 2009 (12:49 pm)

    We did several stories on that (one of which is linked above). It took a fair amount of digging to get information on the proposed sale after we happened to get a reader tip on a tiny print-only newspaper public notice about the legally required public hearing … which was the district’s only public announcement ever issued about it … and I believe we remain the only news organization to have written about it … P.S. I haven’t read all the items, Charlie, but are they including Spectrum in the HC grant yet or still just APP? — TR

  • Que June 17, 2009 (1:42 pm)

    Is this School Board meeting going to be televised? It sounds like Must See TV to me…

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