A workgroup studying potential restoration of the elementary specialist model received some important initial feedback from a recent parent and staff survey. The workgroup is continuing to meet and discuss the specialist offering that has historically included specialty teachers that support student learning in areas such as health and fitness, music, art, science, and library, and again would like to invite your participation.
There will be upcoming community forum to help the workgroup further evaluate and recommend a new elementary specialist model for consideration as part of the 2020-21 school year budget process that will conclude this summer.
Community forums begin at 6 p.m. in the libraries of the following schools on:
- Jan. 23 at Glover Middle School, 2404 W. Longfellow Avenue
- Jan. 27 at Sacajawea Middle School, 401 E. 33rd Avenue
- Jan. 28 at Chase Middle School, 4747 E. 37th Avenue
- Jan. 29 at Shaw Middle School, 4016 N. Cook Street
SPS remains under tight budget constraints that were adjusted to meet changes to how school districts are funded statewide as a result of the legislature’s implementation of the McCleary court decision. Any recommendations the workgroup makes must operate within the current budget climate, establish a consistent districtwide model, minimize transitions and maximize instructional minutes, support the district’s academic goals, and meet the terms of the recently approved collective bargaining agreement. The workgroup is comprised of teachers, specialists, principals, and parents.
Your engagement in the process will help prioritize considerations to consistently meet student needs across all SPS elementary schools.