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November 2015


NOTICE WAS GIVEN that the Local School Council had scheduled a regular meeting on Wednesday November 18th, 2015 to begin at 10:00 AM at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


I. Call to Order @ 10:08am 

II. Roll Call

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

III. Vote to Approve Agenda
-Aryn Fletcher-1st
-Christina Hatley-2nd

IV. Vote to Approve Minutes
-Becky Bush-1st
-Aryn Fletcher-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.

Sean Fletcher - Parent of two students at Farnsworth, concerned about the safety of students here at Farnsworth- Specifically, the lack of presence of security at the door, direction to office, request of identification upon entry. Requesting a comprehensive access control policy.

VI. Reports
A. Chairperson

-Module 5 is up, please complete at your availability.

B. Student Council Report
-New body has been elevated. They will be present at our December meeting

C. Principal
-Last Friday, teachers participated in their first Professional Development day. Topics covered included:
-Restorative Practices

-Review the SQRP and achievement of Level One Plus status
-Some highlights include an unprecedented 60% growth or higher for three years in a row.

-Dip in EL score from 70th percentiles to the 45th

-A slight dip in attendance as well, Principal Oken continues to target the specific needs to the Diverse Learner population and build incentives for the General Ed population in hope to bring up the average.

-EL Compliance was discussed as there will be an audit in the coming months

-Presentation for ELA Lead Teachers on Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Classroom and practices

-NWEA Winter Window opens in December

-REACH tasks have been completed-they are a part of the teacher evaluation process.

Budget/Spending Approval

-Awaiting copy contracts-anticipating the need for $8000.00. Would like to deduct from the Miscellaneous Charges line which currently maintains a balance of $36, 181.70

A motion was made by Christina Hatley to move $8000.00 from Miscellaneous Charges to a new line for Copier Supply

-The motion 2nd by Aryn Fletcher.
-The motion passes with one abstention from Jim Oehler

-None at this time

E. Friends of Farnsworth
-Laura Ryan, who is now a Farnsworth employee can no longer be President of the foundation and as a result, Jeannie Gustafson will be taking her place.

F. Committees
BAC-She will be recruiting tonight at Report Card pick-up
PPLC-None at this time
CIWP-LRE-None at this time
PAC-Meeting tonight at 6pm

VII. New Business
A. Safety and Security Concerns
-In regards to Prussing CO2 incident, Farnsworth has responded by requesting additional CO2 detectors to place on both floors of the main building, as well as reminders at Report Card pick-up to Update Emergency Forms. An update will be posted on school website to assure that all families are aware that Farnsworth administration is on top of this.

-Suggestion that a Safety and Security committee be established to focus more narrowly on this growing concern. Principal OKen and the Chairperson will work together to move forward with establishing that committee. In the meantime, protocols will be put into place to tighten down security.

-Discussion over the necessity that Farnsworth continue to serve as a Polling Place.

VIII. Old Business
A. None

IX. Set next Meeting Date – December 16th 8:15 AM
-Becky Bush 1st
-Kathy O’Donnell-2nd

X. Vote to Adjourn