Minutes of Board Meeting:
February 18, 2004
NSCC President's Board Room
Present: Liz Kearns, Jerry
Owens, Debra Willendorf,
Yvonne Zoretic, Ted Pickett, Wanda
Fullner, Bert Bradley, and Ellen Beck.
Representatives Present: Ken Thompson
(North Precinct Representative), and Wally Fosmore (NorthSeattleCommunity College).
Darlene Flynn (SeattleSchool
Board Member), Jean Wirch, and Shannon Snider.
Liz Kearns called the meeting to order
at , welcoming everyone.We gave introductions around the table.
The minutes from our November 19, 2003 meeting were approved as presented,
as were the minutes from our January
21, 2004 meeting.
Debra Willendorf had no report, but
provided copies of the December 31, 2003 financial statement,
plus the 2003 approved budget.She
reminded directors of the need to study the budget and requested that
we let her know any thoughts or suggestions we had concerning the 2004
budget.We ended 2003 $56.28
in the black and need to consider where costs can be cut since funding
will be reduced this year.We
do have a total of 10,107 copies in our account at the UPS Store.
connection with the budget, Bert Bradley said that he a new housemate
who has volunteered to work on the list serve for LSCC.Her name is Rita Ruffle, and she is a computer
science student at NSCC and the University
of Washington.She babysits for Bert and his wife and has agreed
to set up the system for us.Bert
commented that he had been a member of the Greenwood
list serve for a year and that it has worked well.He has been told that it takes very little time
for the “moderator” to maintain the list serve.Discussion followed.Bert said a larger list serve to link the north
end of the city would be useful.
Bert confirmed that in connection with the Newsletter, we have no restrictions
on accepting paid advertising.
connection with the picnic, there is now a new assistant manager at
Board:Darlene Flynn, our new representative on the Seattle School Board,
spoke next.She stated that the School Board is working
on changing the environment/culture that has existed at the School Board
in the past.Darlene said she
knew that Wilson-Pacific was an important concern and focus for our
community.She said school programs were being moved in
response to cost cutting efforts.In
the near term, she did not see Wilson-Pacific returning to being a regular
school.She told us Susan Llewellyn
is the person to contact regarding questions about Wilson-Pacific.Lots of discussion followed.
referred to an e-mail from Ms. Llewellyn, Program Placement Coordinator,
regarding present and upcoming use of Wilson-Pacific.We very much appreciate getting detailed information like this
from the School District.Liz said we would like to see the Indian Heritage
program increase.There is a
good cultural connection to this community for the students in that
Zoretic recapped the recent gunshot activity at Wilson-Pacific.Ken Thompson also had information.The young people involved were from south Seattle
and had stolen cars from that area to drive up to our neighborhood and
do burglaries, plus steal cars in our neighborhood to take the stolen
goods back to south Seattle.The gunshots were apparently not intentional
and everyone scattered after they took place.The North Precinct officers were able to apprehend one suspect
and obtain information that allowed them to subsequently arrest nine
asked if a “drug free zone” had been established for Wilson-Pacific.She said that such a zone would be in effect 24/7 and cause higher
mandatory sentences for crimes committed in the “drug free zone.”Darlene said she would send us information about the drug free
program.There is cost involved
because of the signage required.She
said it is a City/police matter more than a school district matter,
so she will find out how we proceed with establishing such a zone.
said her focus on the School Board was to (1) improve how the School
Board interacts with neighborhoods; and (2) improve academic performance.She said the passage of the technology levy enabled the School
District to purchase a new financial system.She said all members of the School Board now study the budget.Moss Adams has written
programs and made recommendations which the School District
is following.New people had
also been hired.We should be
aware that budget issues are very complex.Darlene said the Board was looking at how to make budget cuts
from the central operations.Seventy
percent of the budget was made up by teacher salaries.She said that $9 Million will be cut this year.
said that schools are empty at night.It would be great to have educational programs
and community activities in the evening.Presently, it is too expensive for community groups to use space
Fosmore said that NSCC has a ten year lease at SandPointElementary School
and had tried hard to move their art program to Wilson-Pacific during
renovation since the school was originally built as an “arts junior
high” and had many features that would make it work well for the college.But in the end, every cost came back to the
College, including the cost for asbestos abatement.This was too expensive for the College.At this same time, the College had provided
space to the Indian Heritage students for two years at no cost to the
School District.When NSCC was unable to arrange to lease space at Wilson-Pacific,
the Indian Heritage students had to be moved back to Wilson-Pacific
because NSCC, absent leasing space at Wilson-Pacific, needed to use
on-campus space during their renovation projects. Darlene
said that this is part of the culture that the School Board was working
to change.A vision of the greater picture is needed.Darlene believes that things are changing.She said the property managers in the past were not creatively
thinking of the capital program.This needs to be the case.She hoped that the opportunity would be available
in the future for projects like this to be possible.
was asked about student standards and testing.She said that the situation in Seattle
could be summed up as prep school standards on public school budgets.She said that the School District
needs to develop methods to bring all students to the same standard.Because of the mobility of students, we have
to have continuity between schools.Discussion followed.
Members.Bert Bradley announced
that he would be joining the Greenwood Community Council and so would
be not be continuing as an officer of our Board.Thank you for all your hard work and contributions,
Snider said that he would be willing to join the Board.Welcome, Shannon!
Meeting:David Della will be on our agenda for our March
meeting.Discussion followed.Procedures and standards for the Council’s participation
in rezone efforts were discussed.It
was agreed that Ellen would e-mail Cory Johnson, Jon Beahm, and Greg
Baltzell concerning our procedures/standards and tell them that they
could not be on the agenda, but, of course, could speak to Mr. Della
after our meeting.
that the owner of the property should make the request, or someone acting
with the authority of owner; and (2) that evidence that there has been
public process must be presented, i.e., the neighboring property owners
have been surveyed and agree to the rezone.If these standards are met, the Board will accept the rezone
request for review.
Stakeholders Group:A representative is needed to participate in
the Northgate Stakeholders Group.They
would need to attend an initial meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2004, from to Shannon Snider agreed to investigate working
with Jerry Owens, who previously agreed
to be our alternate, on this group.