West Seattle schools: Forum with board member Marty McLaren tomorrow

December 3, 2014 9:25 am
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Tonight, the Seattle School Board meets, with hot topics including the sudden move to offer interim superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland the permanent job, plus a vote on boundary changes that have raised concerns for several West Seattle school communities. (See our Monday night coverage.) Whatever happens tonight, you have a chance to hear from West Seattle’s school board member Marty McLaren tomorrow, as the Lafayette Elementary PTA is hosting her at a public forum (6:30 pm Thursday, December 4th, free child care). While its announcement (after the jump) includes school-specific items, the forum is not limited to those topics, as Lafayette PTA president Katy Walum tells us anyone in the community is welcome – note they’re also expecting replies from state reps on statewide school issues:

The Lafayette PTA is proud to present the 2014 Representatives’ Forum featuring Seattle School Board Director and West Seattle District Representative Marty McLaren on Thursday, December 4th from 6:30-8 pm in the Lafayette Cafeteria. Top items of concern include:

What is being done to make Lafayette safer?

Why are Lafayette families required to pay for full-day kindergarten when other schools in Seattle are not?

Why is the Lafayette PTA paying for a health room assistant, playground supervision, and lunchroom assistance, when these are basic measures that the District should provide?

Why does Lafayette continually have such a late start time?

How did the current math curriculum (Math in Focus) come to be adopted by the School Board, when it was not the curriculum recommended by the Board’s committee?

What is the plan for advanced learning in West Seattle?

Why do our boundaries keep getting redrawn?

What is the plan for busing for Lafayette students?

Questions were also directed to state representatives Joe Fitzgibbon and Eileen Cody, and state senator Sharon Nelson, who were unable to attend. There is hope of written responses which would be shared with the community at the forum. These questions include:

What specific plans do you have for funding McCleary?

What specific plans do you have for funding Initiative I-1351, to decrease class sizes?

What specific plans do you have for addressing capital building and renovation funding needs in schools such as Lafayette?

This is an important forum and a chance for your voice to be heard. Free child care in the gymnasium will be provided!

Lafayette is at California/Lander in The Admiral District.

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