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March 2016


NOTICE WAS GIVEN that the Local School Council scheduled a regular meeting on Wednesday March 9, 2016 to begin at 8:15 AM at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


I. Call to Order @8:22am

II. Roll Call

Jim Oehler
Kristin Stephens
Barbara OKen
Roseanne Stansbury-Nelson
Kathleen O’Donnell
Kenneth Cominek
Aryn Fletcher (AB)
Christina Hatley
Becky Bush
Jeannie Gustafson
Diane Baran
Sally Usmani

III. Vote to Approve Agenda
Jim Oehler-1st
Becky Bush-2nd

IV. Vote to Approve Minutes
Kenneth Cominek-1st
Becky Bush-2nd

V. Public Comment

Please note: Public Comment is limited to 2 minutes, and you must sign in prior to the start of the meeting.

VI. Reports
A. Chairperson

-The LSC candidate filing been extended by two weeks, the new deadline is March 18th. As a reminder the April meeting is the night meeting, State of the School and Principal Evaluation. As a result is was proposed that the next meeting be rescheduled an hour earlier. (Thursday, April 6th @ 5pm)

Sally Usmani arrived at 8:25am
Kenneth Cominek departed at 8:30am

B. Student Council Report
-Carnation sales were higher than ever, about 800 flowers sold.

C. Principal
-Daily 5 teachers will be attending a PD in April

-School wide assessment shows overall trends of growth in both Reading and Math, with Math higher than Reading. Individual students have been targeted for enrichment and additional support as needed.

-ACCESS testing completed

-PARCC testing will be begin April 4th

-Kenneth Cominek returned at 8:45am

-Creative Dramatics Theater Residency is the Week of March 7th

-Happy to announce that 11 students made it into Selective Enrollment Programs at Lane Tech, Walter Payton, and Whitney Young.

-Family Reading/Math night was well attended, but consideration will be given to more creative “marketing” to boost attendance for next year.

-Playground equipment closed for repairs

-Closing of Linder

-A request was made to purchase 12 smart boards, in lieu of an interventionist for this school year (a decision that was agreed upon by the ILT). The total purchase would amount to $52, 174.20, that includes a projector, a smart board, installation, and potential asbestos removal.

-A motion was made Christina Hatley to move $52,174.20 from budget line 115 to a property equipment line to cover the purchase of 12 new SMART boards. The motion was seconded by Becky Bush.

-The motion passes unanimously, with one abstention from Jim Oehler. 

-A motion was made to move approximately $44,000 from the Title One fund to purchase (4) new Chrome Book Carts. The motion was seconded by Becky Bush.

-The motion passes unanimously, with one abstention from Jim Oehler.

-The LSC also approved a check from internal accounts for $2610 to Nature’s Vision.

Budget/Spending Approval 

-Legopalooza will be postponed until further notice.
-Book Fair is currently being planned for April during Report Card pick-up

E. Friends of Farnsworth
-None at this time

F. Committees
BAC-None at this time
PPLC-None at this time
CIWP-LRE-Report to be distributed
PAC-Each student that attended Family Math and Reading night left with a new book.

VII. New Business
A. None

VIII. Old Business
A. None

IX. Set next Meeting Date – April 6, 2016 5PM

X. Vote to Adjourn @9:21am
-Kathy O’Donnell-1st
-Jim Oehler-2nd