Senate Meeting March 10, 2009
Attending: Tony Renouard, Jessica Torvik, Julia Shin, Jeff Jones, Janet Thompson, Marni Campbell, Sharon Miyata, Doug Edelstein, Tim Ames, Joel Jacobson, Rob Feigal-Stickles, Dina Zografos Ruehle, Linda Overlie, Mark Greenway, Ken Tarleton, Jonathan Duyker, Patty Lilly, Colleen Davis, April Lindner
Not Attending: Rebecca Padilla , Bob Poor
Principal’s report : Budget proposal
Senator Campbell explained Weighted Staffing Standards and what our allocation means this year in comparison with last year.
9th grade program is richly staffed. Budget subcommittee wanted to keep that commitment.
Some of the changes are
Currently we have funded 09-10
44.2 certificated HS teachers 38.5 FTE certificated teachers
3 Counselors 2.6 Counselors
1.0 Nurse 0.8 Nurse
0.5 Library Assistant 0,0 Library Assistant
1.0 Career Specialist 0.0 Career Specialist
1.0 Counseling Secretary 0.0 Counseling Secretary
9.5 Sped Teachers 10.0 Sped Teachers (Certificated)
11 Sped IA 6.8 Sped IAs
1.0 Academic Dean
Part of the differences in the allocation come from a projected enrollment of 974. The district is projecting enrollment to be down at all high schools except Rainier Beach.
Budget committee met on March 9 and came up with the following recommendations:
If and when we get more money – a prioritized buy back list (we think we have the money coming in to get through #4 and if we get more money we could continue with the priority list)
Stipends are not on this list because they are covered in another way.
This is based on our current budget information. If there are changes we would have to revisit.
After the schools submit their budgets, the district will make decisions for where there will be RIFs (layoffs) for example they could decided to lay off Language Arts teachers who have less than 1.7 years experience. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about those RIFs.
Moved: We Approve Waivers proposed above
Approved in a voice vote
Moved to extend for 15 minutes (at 4:15)
Passed in a voice vote.
Moved that Senate recommend the Budget Committee’s recommendation to the staff.
Passed in a voice vote.
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For the 2009-2010 school year students going into an upper house mentorship will not choose their own mentorship, but rather will be placed with a teacher who will be teaching them next year or has had them as a student in the past (whenever possible)
If possible, senior mentees will continue with current mentorship teacher and will be placed in their class if said teacher has a senior section
Running start students will be placed where they fit or will round out the very small mentorships to better spread out the kids and keep mentorships small
Students may petition counselors for another mentorship if there is not a good fit between student and teacher that is considered by BOTH to be irreconcilable.
Senator Miyata suggested that 9th graders have their 1st period teacher for their mentorship. 10th graders should have one of there IS teachers or one of additional volunteers
There was a question about the timeline for this and since it just has to be done before the end of the year, therefore it was suggested that the Mentorship subcommittee be convened for a greater discussion., therefore the proposal was tabled to the subcommittee.
Meeting adjourned at 4:32