The new Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is about to get a lot more complicated, according to the Seattle School Board.
In December, the board approved the creation of a new district called Seattle School District 1 (SSD 1).
The district will be a school district for students from kindergarten through 12th grade and will have about 2,500 students, or about 1 percent of the total enrollment.
According to the school district’s website, the new district will have a “dynamic curriculum, which is designed to help prepare students for careers in STEM, IT, and other areas.”
In a press release announcing the creation, the school board said the new “high-quality curriculum” will help students get to “college and beyond.”
The new district “is designed to provide a seamless learning experience and support students in their careers in tech, education, and science, and will foster a more dynamic learning environment for all of our students.”
The board also said the district will focus on “creating opportunities for students to learn, thrive, and grow in a more sustainable way,” and that the new education system will offer students “continuous engagement” to help them achieve their career goals.
While the school system’s website promises that “we will focus our efforts on the students who are most in need, and we will do so in a way that respects and respects the values of our community,” there’s no indication of how the new system will be funded, which could leave some students with no choice but to enroll in the district.
“The district will work closely with the Seattle community to ensure the students are included in our work in a positive, inclusive way,” the school superintendent’s statement read.
The district also announced that it will hire about 400 new employees, including teachers, to work in STEM education.
In an interview with the media, Superintendent of Seattle Public School (SPSD) Michael Brown said the budgeted number of new hires is still “way too low” for the district to sustain itself.
The hiring of the new staff is the first step toward making sure the district’s new school system is successful.
The district’s budgeted budget for the 2017-18 school year, which was released last week, included $5.4 million to hire about 1,200 teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff.
The school district has been struggling with funding since the state cut funding to its STEM education system in 2017.
Brown said last week that he expected to see the district use about $6.5 million of its budgeted $8 million budget for STEM education in the new year.
In a letter to the board on Thursday, Brown said that while the school has been working on a number of initiatives to support STEM education, including an “unprecedented level of funding,” there is still not enough money for STEM students.
“While we have already spent about $2 million of our budgeted 2016-17 funding on STEM initiatives, the state is still funding about $8.5 to $9 million per year to STEM education,” Brown wrote.
In addition to hiring additional teachers, the district also plans to “invest in our science, technology, engineering, and math classrooms and provide more academic and support opportunities for STEM teachers.”
The district says it plans to provide free STEM education classes to students at all grades.
Despite the high costs of STEM education and the lack of funding, the announcement of the creation is a huge step for the Seattle Public schools.
“It’s a huge achievement, and it’s going to be a huge success,” said Melissa Kagan, executive director of Seattle’s school district.
“I think we’ll see a lot of new kids coming into the district.”
Kagan, who was previously a principal at the Seattle school district, said she has been involved in school-choice efforts in other states and the US for over 20 years.
“We’re going to have a lot to celebrate and it’ll be a great thing to be able to celebrate in this way, with people who are passionate about it,” she said.