Notes from Nov. 10, 2010 FAC meeting

Here are John Whetten’s notes from Wednesday’s FAC meeting at Orcas:

1. Augmented schedule for Thanksgiving weekend–The E/State will do a mainland run late Wednesday afternoon/evening.
2. Howie is preparing a letter to Moseley for Council (?) to sign requesting info on what’s going on with San Juan reservations. (So far as we know, nothing is–but there is great angst among our San Juan residents, in view of Moseley’s earlier statement(s).)
3. Melissa reported that a NOAA expert briefed WSF management on likely winter weather due to La Nina. Batten down the hatches! Cold, windy, and wet. Lowland snow.
4. WSF has transmitted a 4% budget cut proposal to the Governor for inclusion in the Governor’s budget to the legislature. For us: Winter schedule would be extended during which time the interisland boat would be tied up on weekends, no Sidney service, a new 64-car boat
would replace the E/State, which would go downsound. During summer schedule we would have one less Super (and a smaller boat substituted). Ouch. THESE CUTS WOULD BE NOT JUST FOR THE COMING BIENIUM, BUT ONGOING! Since this will be a legislative decision,
Council will have to work closely with our legislators during the coming session. Main action willl be February-March, 2011.
5. No progress on computerized collection of loading data.
6. Attendees from the public: Patty Miller (Councilwoman-elect) and Lance Evans (Orcas Chamber).
Next meeting: Friday Harbor, December 13. John will attend December and February FAC meetings by phone; January and March meetings in person.

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Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

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