Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Today at the SRC: Buildings, contracts, great kids

Today, the School Reform Commission meets for its May planning meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. It's a busy agenda, with a mix of resolutions concerning buildings and contracts and a number of student expulsions.

Today at the SRC: Buildings, contracts, great kids

Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman (center) with member Joseph Dworetzky (left) and Chair Robert L. Archie Jr. at the school commission meeting last month. (File photo: Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)

Today, the School Reform Commission meets for its May planning meeting.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

On the agenda are a number of resolutions that have to do with district buildings.  Much has been said - but little revealed - about the district's facilities master plan.  Essentially, there are about 70,000 empty seats citywide (though some areas are overcrowded, many are not.)  The district knows it must fix this - and it will, over the next several years, officials say - through not just building closures but also grade re-configurations, boundary changes, and other measures.  No schools will close in September, but there will be some grade changes.  The resolutions on the agenda for today are the rightsizing policy itself, an adaptive reuse policy that will govern how empty buildings are handled, and related measures.

Also on the agenda: about 35 student expulsions, a pretty typical number for the SRC to consider in a month.  There are also a number of contracts, as is usual - from $500,000 with Pennoni Associates, Inc., Lippincott Jacobs Consulting Services and GAI Consultants for "Professional Material Testing Services" to $45,000 with Ceisler Jubelirer for "media and issue advocacy services."  Every month, there are dozens of such contracts - remember, this is a $3.2 billion organization. 

Some great kids will be honored, too - the SRC is recognizing 15 Red Cross clubs that operate in schools citywide.  It's also School Nurse Day soon, and there will be a proclamation honoring nurses.  (Some, unfortunately, will be laid off next year if the current version of the budget passes, though...)

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No votes will be taken at this meeting - this meeting is just for discussion and planning.

I'm live Tweeting the meeting.  Follow along here.

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