South Seattle Beacon:
On a dreary Saturday morning at Tully’s Coffee in [the Rainier Valley], there were no microphones, podiums or uncomfortable plastic chairs. The relaxed atmosphere contradicted the serious discussions. Yet, the informal tone of the meeting held by Seattle Public Schools board member Betty Patu could not have been more appropriate.
From discussing the dwindling number of quality teachers to the disparity of fund distribution, community members gathered at the coffee shop on the corner of Rainier Avenue South and South Genesee Street to speak openly with Patu about pressing issues in local schools. And given recent changes in Seattle schools, meetings free of the hubbub and buzz of reporters can offer a chance for honest, relaxed conversation.
“In order for schools to be successful,” Patu said, “we need parents, teachers and community members to come together.” Read more.
District 7 Seattle Public Schools Board member Betty Patu represents south-end schools. She has worked for Seattle Public schools for 32 years.
Neighborhood coffee chats with Betty Patu: Meet with Betty Patu at Tully’s Coffee (4400 Rainier Ave. S.), 10 am to noon on the last Saturday of each month to discuss local schools.
- March 26
- April 30
- May 28
- June 25