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October 2015


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Local School Council held a State of the School meeting on Wednesday October 14, 2015 to begin at 6:00 Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


I. Call to Order @ 6:07 PM

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

III. Vote to Approve Agenda
-Ken Cominek-1st
-Jim Oehler-2nd

IV. Vote to Approve Minutes
-Jim Oehler-1st
-Ken Cominek-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. No Public Comment

VI. Reports
A. Chairperson

-Advised that we would need to approve all fundraisers for outside groups. Will be using PTA event list to approve.

- Changes to the Open Meetings Act, All matters of Safety and security were to be discussed in closed session & extended time to report OMA violations to Attorney General’s office extended from 60 days to two years after alleged violation.

B. Student Council Report
-No council has been selected to date. 7th and 8th grade students presented speeches, elections TBD.

C. Principal
-State of the School Slideshow presented. It was hoped that the official SQRP data would be provided, but the issue with HS test scores was delaying the distribution. We are at 614 students (includes Pre-K) 541 for SBB purposes. Low income % went down to 59.6 from 63%, as fewer families returning Free & reduced lunch forms. We are at 30% limited English Speakers, however we have a multitude of different languages vs. a primary, such as Spanish. The five essentials survey showed that we are considered a “well organized” school. Our ratings increased from prior years. It was noted that it is a CIWP year, and around April, we will look for Parent input to the new goals. We are looking on track to maintain our level 1+ status. As for Safety & Security, we received an A+ on our lockdown drill, CPD was very impressed. Our fire drills get the kids out of the building in 1min 54 sec, 2 minutes considered excellent per CFD. We received word from facilities that there will be money to fix our stairs.

-Budget Motions:

Motion to move $155,108 from SBB 115 monies into specific accounts as follows: $80,000 into position pointer, $4,500 into extended day, $5,000 to Library Books, $5,000 into Substitute line for non CPS sponsored PD days, $15,000 to Technology for wireless Smartboards, $10,000 into Technology to replace outdated and broken laptops, $35,608 to Contingency fund.
Made by: Becky Bush, Ken Cominek 2nd All in favor, motion carried

Motion to move $12,000 from Title1 fund 332 to purchase additional Chromebook Cart with 36 Chromebooks.
Made by: Christina Hatley, Kathy O’Donnell 2nd All in favor, motion carried

Motion to move $5,000 out of School Fees into Field trip line
Made by: Ken Cominek, Jim Oehler 2nd All in favor, motion carried

We may be required to refund school fees paid to families who were eligible for waiver, but did not look to waive at the time.

-No report.

Motion made by Becky Bush to approve PTA School Fundraisers as outlined on PTA Annual Events Flier sent home 10-15. Christina Hatley 2nd All in favor, motion carried.

E. Friends of Farnsworth
-None at this time, awaiting word on their first meeting.

F. Committees-
BAC-Members are being recruited, for a first meeting hopefully at Report Card Pick-up.
PPLC-None at this time
CIWP-LRE-43 (LRE3), 26 (LRE2), 81(LRE1)
PAC-Meetings have been held to do Brainstorming on Parent events. PAC to report findings at November meeting.

VII. New Business
A. Principal Contract Renewal

-A motion was made by Jim Oehler to Renew Barbara E. Oken’s Principal Contract for another four years. Ken Cominek 2nd. A roll call vote was held with results as follows:

-Jim Oehler - YES
-Roseanne Stansbury-Nelson YES
-Kathleen O’Donnell YES
-Kenneth Cominek YES
-Aryn Fletcher YES
-Christina Hatley YES
-Becky Bush YES
-Jeannie Gustafson YES
-Diane Baran YES

By a vote of 9 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstentions, Motion carried. (there was one LSC member absent, and one vacancy)

B. State of Sports Program – Sports are proceeding at Farnsworth for grades 5th and up. We have not yet received monies from Taft. Girls Volleyball has begun practices. Will look into setting up remind app for sports team practices. Would be nice to see sports programs for the younger grades, but at this time, CPS says grades 5 and up. Barb will put sports team info in the Monthly Mustang.

VIII. Old Business
A. Community Vacancy
-Motion made by Jim Oehler to move into closed session to discuss candidates for vacant Community Rep seat. Seconded by Ken Cominek.

Motion made to return to open session made by Jim Oehler, Ken Cominek 2nd

Vote to appoint vacant Community Representative made in open session. Vote was unanimous to appoint Sally Usmani to Vacant Community Representative spot. Motion made by Jim Oehler, Christina Hatley 2nd.

IX. Set next Meeting Date
– November 18, 10 AM, Regular meeting

X. Vote to Adjourn
Meeting adjourned 7:45
-Jim Oehler-1st
-Ken Cominek-2nd