June 4th School Board Meeting RECAP

 

JUNE 4TH

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

RECAP

 

I’m seeing RED—and I couldn’t be happier!  Thank you to everyone who came out tonight, who made a sign, who delivered a speech.  This was exactly what we needed.  Even though the board didn’t vote our way, the they and superintendent were certainly moved by our presence.  It will not be easy forget our red shirts!  The board really responded to the students.  They mentioned how much it meant to see them there.  They represented us well with their eloquent, confident speeches along side those of parents and teachers.

Please read the attached letter entitled, “A Different Budget” by BSD budget committee chair John Burns (former Aloha High School band parent).  The budget committee is a group of 14 members including the 7 board members and 7 members at large (volunteers from the community).  John Burns was at our advocacy meeting last night to answer questions and he kindly submitted his public comment for today directly to the board via e-mail in order to yield more time for our organization to present during the limited public comment section (which was originally set for only 15 minutes).  Ultimately, the board let that part of the meeting run long so that more of us could be heard.  I wanted you all to be able to read John’s letter .  He has an extremely cogent argument for how the board should be handling the budget process and the budget itself.  The letter raises many questions about the need for so many cuts, and it is a good starting place for us to strategize our next moves over the coming days and weeks.  Most of all, John reminds us and the board that the budget is a year-round process, and that THE BOARD CAN MAKE CHANGES AT ANY TIME.

Here is something important that we all need to understand: the superintendent and central office administration answer to the school board, not the other way around.  It is the school board that receives the schools’ money directly from the state.  They are the true custodians and protectors of that money and of this district.  Let’s make sure the board does not forget that.  Let’s make sure they take the right action for our kids.  Sure, the legislature handed us a bum deal, but we can at least find the right way to spend those funds.  In that regard, the current budget is flawed.  I will elaborate more on that at Thursday’s advocacy meeting at Baja Fresh on 124th & Scholls, 7PM.

 

A few notes about the meeting as a whole:

While music and the arts are losing, “collaboration time” is winning.  The board is in the process of implementing a new late-start schedule to allow more collaboration time for teachers.  One of the major issues they discussed tonight was whether to move forward  more slowly with the implementation of those plans.  TIME IS MONEY.  The board knows this, so they and the district are working on the problem of justifying to the public the reason for the increase in collaboration time (and the decrease in instructional time that is the cost).  They believe collaboration time is useful and worthwhile, but they need a carefully-implemented communication strategy to get parents to agree with them and support it.

Why the board and the district think it’s okay for new programs like this to be implemented while we are experiencing severe budget cuts, I cannot fathom.  I believe the additional late-start is not necessary.  Here’s why: under the new budget and accompanying district-wide specials schedule, all elementary teachers will already gain an additional 45-minutes of weekly, administratively-directed collaboration time built into their schedule.  That’s because music and pe teachers will each teach classes of 90+ students once per day by taking all classes of one grade level to the gym for activities/rhythms/choir etc. (we are not yet sure what we will be asked to teach during that time.)  For example, in schools where there are three sections of each grade-level, the music teacher would teach three classes of students (90+ children) while being supported by two classified instructional assistants (the tech and media IAs) for 45-minutes while the classroom teachers have their PLC (professional learning community, aka “collaboration time”).  In schools with a six-day rotation, the music teacher would teach this combined class three days per rotation, and the pe teacher would do the other three days.

Two board members voted in our favor: Linda Degman and Mary Vanderwheele.  All others voted to approve the budget including cuts to music.  If you wrote a letter to the board members last week asking for consideration, please write them a follow-up letter by 9PM tomorrow.  We need to light up the board members’ inboxes tomorrow.  Repeat what you said in your testimony and add any responses you have based on what you saw and heard at the meeting last night.  If you are just coming in to this conversation, now would be a good time to send your first letter to the board.  (See talking points below.)  Plan to attend the next board meeting School Board Business Meeting, June 18, 2012, Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Rd., Beaverton, OR 97006, 6:30 p.m.  If we do these two things, we will have a chance at getting the board to revisit the budget this summer.  (The board does meet over the summer and there is time to make changes all the way up until the first day of school; remember, all of the board members who voted “yes” tonight did so holding their noses, so to speak.  I believe they can be persuaded.)  If we don’t do these two things, then the cuts will most certainly take place and the budget will play out as planned.  We need to keep blowing up the phones and stuffing the e-mail boxes!!!

— Site Administrator


Superintendent of Beaverton Schools
Dr. Jeff Rose  Jeff_Rose@beaverton.k12.or.us

School Board Members
Karen Cunningham  Karen_Cunningham@beaverton.k12.or.us
Tom Quillin  Tom_Quillin@beaverton.k12.or.us
Mary Vanderweele  Mary_VanderWeele@beaverton.k12.or.us
Sarah Smith  Sarah_Smith@beaverton.k12.or.us
LeeAnn Larsen  LeeAnn_Larsen@beaverton.k12.or.us
Jeff Hicks  Jeff_Hicks@beaverton.k12.or.us
Linda Degman  Linda_Degman@beaverton.k12.or.us

UPDATE ON MUSIC ALLOCATIONS
Total loss is now estimated at -17.55 positions


Hisae
Hougardy-Sato
Aloha Huber-Park
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Kai
Wang
Aloha Huber-Park
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Craig
Carney
Barnes
Elementary
1.00
1.00
0.00
John
DeMarco
Beaver Acres
Elementary
1.00
1.00
0.00
Carolyn
Ritacco
Bethany
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Clare
Bourquein
Bonny Slope
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Julie
Michels
Cedar Mill
Elementary
0.50
0.50
0.00
Louise
Strait
Chehalem
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Jennifer
Mohr
Cooper Mountain
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Linda
Stephens
Elmonica
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Dan
Ehrenfreund
Errol Hassell
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Tamara
Enghusen
Findley
Elementary
1.00
1.00
0.00
William
James
Fir Grove
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Lisa
Donner
Greenway
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Fran
Maynard
Hazeldale
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Lesley
Lindell
Hiteon
Elementary
1.00
1.00
0.00
Denise
Phillips
Jacob Wismer
Elementary
1.00
1.00
0.00
allocation could go down if numbers change
Tina
Bodnar (Bodnarream)
Kinnaman
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Carol
Droz
McKay
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
David
DeBusk
McKinley
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Krasi
Nikolov
Montclair
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Vicki
Henry
Nancy Ryles
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Janos
Nagy
Oak Hills
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Glen
Libonati
Raleigh Hills
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Jennifer
Potter
Raleigh Park
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Juli
Mothon
Ridgewood
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Jodi
Pickett
Rock Creek
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Judith
Nielsen
Scholls Heights
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Joel
Parker
Sexton Mountain
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Jascha (Dax)
Smith
Springville
Elementary
1.00
1.00
0.00
Patty
Delph
Terra Linda
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Jennifer
Singleton (formerly Van Dyke)
Vose
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Marilyn
Welch
West TV
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Stan
Davis
William Walker
Elementary
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Doug
Bundy
?
Elementary Tech
Patrick
Refsnider
Aloha Band
High
1.00
0.60
-0.40
Stanford
Scriven
Aloha Choir
High
1.00
0.80
-0.20
Rick
Delph
Beaverton Band
High
1.00
0.60
-0.40
2011-12 allocation Beaverton Band 0.8 / Whitford Band 0.2
Bruce
Brownell
Beaverton Choir
High
1.00
1.00
0.00
Beaverton Choir 0.8 / Whitford Choir 0.2
Jeremy
Zander
Southridge Band
High
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Daniel
Velasquez
Southridge Band – Guitar
High
?
?
?
Robert
Hawthorne
Southridge Choir
High
1.00
0.80
-0.20
Greg
Hall
Sunset Band
High
0.80
0.60
-0.20
2011-12 allocation Sunset Band 0.8 (0.6 band / 0.2 IB theory) / Meadow Park Band 0.2?
Chris
Rust
Sunset Choir
High
1.00
0.80
-0.20
2011-12 allocation 1.0 Chris Rust 0.5 Larry Coates
Matt
Sadowski
Westview Band
High
1.00
1.00
0.00
Marci
Taylor
Westview Choir
High
1.00
1.00
0.00
Raoul
Bellis-Squires
ACMA Choir
Middle
0.50
tba
0.00
Kelly
Archer
Cedar Park Band
Middle
1.00
1.00
0.00
Andy
Isbell
Cedar Park Choir, PE
Middle
1.00
1.00
0.00
Kelly
Dugger
Conestoga Band
Middle
1.00
1.00
0.00
0.5 band 0.5 music appreciation
Bridey
Monterossi
Conestoga Choir/Drama
Middle
1.00
1.00
0.00
Thomas
Van Dyke
Five Oaks Band
Middle
1.00
0.50
-0.50
2011-12 allocation 0.8 Choir 0.2 2012-13 allocation will be going to a grand total of .5 including band and choir
Mandy
Mullet
Highland Band
Middle
1.00
1.00
0.00
Michael
Schlabach
Meadow Park Band
Middle
1.40
1.00
-0.50
2011-12 allocation 0.7 Band 0.3 Choir / additional 0.4 Band by Greg Hall
Larry
Coates
Mountain View Band
Middle
1.00
0.50
-0.50
2011-12 allocation 0.5 MV Band / 0.5 Sunset choir
Andrea
Herinckx
Mountain View Choir
Middle
1.00
1.00
0.00
Mary
Bengel
Whitford Band
Middle
0.80
0.75
0.05
Jennifer
Stenehjem
Stoller Band
Middle
1.00
0.50
-0.50
Conte
Bennett
ACMA (Jazz) Band
Middle/High
1.00
1.00
0.00
MaryAnn
Campbell
ACMA Orchestra
Middle/High
?
?
0.00
Walter
Bates
International School Band
Middle/High
1.00
1.00
0.00
Debra
Klatz
International School Choir
Middle/High
0.92
0.92
0.00


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