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June 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle schools: Board careless with votes

Funding should stay for World School

The Seattle Times editorial board got it right [“Seattle School Board, voting blind,” Opinion, editorial, June 28] when it chided the School Board for all too often rubber-stamping policies initiated by Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. The acknowledgment of one board member that he and his colleagues were “not up to speed” in signing a contract granting $756,000 to hire a consultant to help revamp high-school curricula is a case in point.

One wonders — or fears –that if a similar rubber stamping of a proposal to be voted on at the July 1 board meeting might occur. At issue is the proposed allocation to award $798,958 to an architecture firm for design renovation of the Meany facility.

Despite numerous inquiries by stakeholders in the programs to be housed at Meany, the answers as to where the $798,958 will come from are vague, circuitous and totally lacking in transparency. One wonders if the board members (four of whom are relatively new) will remember and honor a grant made in 2001 that allocated $14 million for a new stand-alone Secondary Bilingual Orientation World School (SBOC).

The board must honor this commitment and not use voter-approved funds committed to a new World School for seismic and other essential safety upgrades for the Meany facility, which will house both Nova and the SBOC.

— Jeanette Corkery, Seattle

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