Thursday, November 6, 2008

Public meeting added Nov. 13 at 7pm

One more public meeting to give feedback to the search consultant firm has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the school district's Transportation Training Center. The address for the Transportation Training Center is 12025 NE Fifth Street, Bellevue, 98005.

Directions: From 120th NE (same street as Home Depot), turn onto NE 5th St. and head up the hill. Take the first right and enter the lower parking lot. TTC is at the far end of this lower parking lot.

During the meeting the consultant will ask for strengths of the district, challenges the district will face in the future, desirable characteristics of our next superintendent, and suggestions for someone you'd like to see the search firm recruit.

For those of you who cannot attend this feedback session, but who want to share your thoughts and opinions with the superintendent search consultants, feedback forms are now posted on our website as a PDF form and Microsoft Word file. You can also use the links below to access the form in the format you prefer.

After completing the form you can return it to the consultants via email, fax or snail mail. It is due on Tuesday, November 18.

Based on feedback from the staff and community meetings, the search firm will present a profile of desirable characteristics of the next superintendent that will be used to publicize the job opening and recruit candidates. The profile will be shared with the school board at a public meeting on Tuesday, November 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the school board meeting room, 12111 NE First Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.


  1. We were prepared to videotape this final public input meeting but only one person from the community showed up so it was decided not to videotape.

    -Craig Burlingame
    BSD Media Producer

  2. I get frustrated by the lack of participation in something as important as the leadership of our district. I am wondering if it is because of the last minute announcement of this last meeting, the publicity being not enough repetition, or if people really feel that they have no voice. It is surprising given the attendance at the strike meeting. Any opinions out there? Thank you to the district for doing the blog. There is a lot of work left to be done in this district. I would like to hear how many times this info was put out over the email PTSA info lines. Who is reading this blog to approve it before publishing it?

  3. catalystk, I think you ask some very good questions, and I can answer the last one since I am the one who receives and posts all comments, and I have posted every comment that has been written. Obviously, there hasn't been much blog traffic. Maybe your questions will lead to more blogging. Thanks for writing, Chris Marks (school board)

  4. We notified PTSA Council of the meetings. Our experience has been that this is the best way to get the word out to the members; at least that was the case during the strike.

    We also sent the information of the public meetings to 20,000
    e-mail addresses of people on our email notification system. And the public meetings were announced in the Bellevue Reporter. We gave everyone the additional option of posting their feedback using the on-line feedback form.

    There is a difference in level of urgency for those attending the strike meeting and the level of urgency felt about offering suggestions for characteristics of a new superintendent. Every person who attended the school board meeting at Sammamish during the strike felt he or she had something immediate to gain or lose by being there. There will likely be much more interest when the finalists for the superintendent's position are announced.

  5. OK - I just realized part of the problem. This blog is not that intuitive and took a little maneuvering: to 1) register, 2) Realize that the comments had to be clicked on under each entry, 3) Realize the new stuff was under each little heading. I think this may be a little more challenging for a newbie like myself rather than an email input. I went to the BSD web site and then realized the deadline for input is tomorrow! None of the emails from PTSA has said that and the link led to the not so easy blog. I checked and the only notice I received from school was the PTSA weekly email on Nov 16! More work needs to be done on figuring out how to communicate best is my best guess. Usually trying to get something publicized at school has taken at least 3 notices to make sure all have seen it or registered it in the past. I did see the Bellevue Reporter article but forgot to clip and right the deadlines on my calendar. The email from the district may have been only once which if it is a busy week of sick kids and catching up on work easily gets forgotten I admit.

  6. This blog-process is a new one for most of us, and if nothing else, it should be seen as our attempt to be increasingly open to the public. I do think the HYA input request has been on the district website for several weeks, and I know, as a parent, I have received a pubinfo email and a PTSA email. But, as a parent, I also understand the craziness of family life. I think it would be great if all our families made the district website their default facepage - the one that opens automatically whenever they check their email account. Then, you would quickly see, on a daily basis, if there was something posted that was noteworthy for you and your family.

  7. Catalystk's feedback is well taken. If we had it to do over again we would have chosen a different blog tool. When it makes sense to try this again -- who knows, maybe the new superintendent will want to start a blog -- we will do this again with a different format.