Seattle Public Schools

January 17, 2024 – Regular Board Meeting

Agenda – FINAL Post 1/17/24
Regular Legislative Session
Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 4:15 p.m.

Board of Directors
2445 – 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98134
Seattle Public Schools

The meeting will be live streamed on SPSTV and broadcast on television on Comcast 26 (standard-def) and 319 (hi-def), Wave 26 (standard-def) and 695 (hi-def), and Century Link 8008 (standard-def) and 8508 (hi-def).

To listen by phone, dial 206-800-4125 and use Conference ID 138 639 546#. This phone number and Conference ID will also be used by those who sign up to provide public testimony through the process described on the Agenda below.

I. Call to Order – 4:15 p.m.

  1. General Welcome Announcement to Audience
  2. Roll Call

II. Superintendent Comments 

III. Student Comments

IV. Board Comments

V. Public Testimony – 4:30 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to address the board in person or by teleconference may sign up online or by calling 206-252-0040, beginning Monday, January 15, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. The public testimony list will be posted Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Those who are placed on the posted public testimony list may provide their testimony by dialing 206-800-4125 and using Conference ID 138 639 546#. For information on how the public testimony list is created, please visit the Board’s website.

Testimony List

1Isabel EnderStudent Testimony – Seattle Skills Center
2Anya Souza-PonceIn support of Abdulahi
3Janis WhiteApproval of CTE and STEM Report
4Chris JackinsAction Item and Other Topics
5James Parkerpolicy 0300
6Elizabeth Moore SimpsonStrategic plan
7Claire AbeFunding for school counselors and social workers
8Josh SimpsonStrategic plan
9Rachel EdelmanSupporting educational equity
10Jen GreensteinPolicy 0030
11Leanne HustFunding for School Counselors
12Dana BarnettEquity
13Kat BehrendPolicy 0030
14Sam FriedmanRacial Equity
15Daniel LeeMental Health Supports for students
16Emma KleinPolicy 0300
17Janet MillerSupporting educational equity
18Oliver miskaEducator safety and curriculum
19Steven CecilCapital projects
20Jen LavalleeBudget impacts to schools

Testimony Waitlist

1Lauren Holloway1. 1. Staff safety: addressing recent wave of doxxing and intimidation of SPS employees 2. Student safety: growing need for adequate response from SPS to address how ongoing genocide in Gaza is impacting safety of not just staff but students and the need to break the silence in classrooms about what’s happening in Gaza while offering educational resources and space to learn about what’s happening (and has been happening for 75 years) in a meaningful and truthful way
2Lena JonesEducational equity and teaching truth
3Ala BadarBlack Lives Matter and its relations to other liberations
4Carl LivingstonIB Program concerns at Rainier Beach which Superintendent never got back with me regarding. HS
5William Souza-PonceIn support of Abdulahi
6Semai HagosIn support of Abdulahi
7Abdulahi AbdiSexually explicit books, harassment, witchcraft, and retaliation
8Tim AhlersMathematics goal
9Nolan JonesReading Outcomes
10Kaley DuongIn support of Abduhali
11Janel LardizabalJuul Settlement and Prevention Programs

VI. Progress Monitoring

VII. Business Action Items

A. Consent Agenda

  1. Minutes of the December 13, 2023 Regular Board Meeting
  2. Personnel Report (Updated 1/16/24)
  3. Warrants Report – November 16 thru December 15, 2023

The following warrants as audited and certified by the auditing officer, as required by RCW 42.24.08, are approved for payment:

FundPayment TypeAmount
General Fund  *Payroll $237,534.29
General Fund Vendor$30,898,143.65
Capital Project Fund Vendor $32,426,582.01
Associated Student Body Fund Vendor $269,515.10
Expendable Trust Fund Vendor $8,333.00
Grand Total All $63,840,108.05

*Note – Payroll total reflects warrants issued to employees.  It does not however, reflect cash transfer amounts in payment of employees’ Direct Deposit payroll.

Consent Agenda Items Previously Introduced

  1. Review and Approval of 2023-24 Career and Technical Education (CTE) and (STEM) Annual Plan Per Board Policy No. 2170.  Approval of this item would approve the 2023-24 Career and Technical Education Annual Plan, as attached to this Board Action Report.
  2. Approval of courses with new content as defined by Superintendent Procedure No. 2026. Approval of this item would approve the New Course Additions for School Year 2024-25 as attached to the Board Action Report.
  3. Approval of the negotiated 2024-25 and 2025-26 School Year Calendars. Approval of this item would approve the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school year calendars as negotiated with labor partners and according to calendar rules provided in the 2022-25 Seattle Education Association (SEA) Certificated Employees Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) as these calendars are attached to the Board Action Report with any minor, non-substantive additions, deletions and modifications deemed necessary by the Superintendent. 

B. Items Removed from the Consent Agenda

VIII. Work Session

  • Budget (90 minutes) (Materials added 1/12/24)

IX: Board Self-Evaluation

X. Informational Items

XI. Adjourn – 8:30 p.m.

Calendar Reminders

A complete list of upcoming Board meetings and Director community meetings can be found on the School Board calendar website. If you have any questions, please contact the School Board Office at 206-252-0040.