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September 2015


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Local School Council held a regular meeting on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 to begin at 8:15 Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


I. Call to Order @ 8:27am

II. Roll Call

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

III. Vote to Approve Agenda
-Jim Oehler-1st
-Christina Hatley-2nd

IV. Vote to Approve Minutes
-Jim Oehler-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
-Visit from Kathy, a representative Alderman Arena’s office, wanted to reach out as the Education liaison-should be need anything from the Alderman to contact her. Also, she has organized an upcoming Local School Council Night with the Alderman on October 8, 2015 at Beaubian Elementary.

-School fee discussion revolving around raising and capping for the 2015-2016 school year. Principal Oken is awaiting written confirmation that school fees as at the discretion of the principal, but welcomes the feedback of LSC members. For the current school year the fee remains $65, with no cap

- LSC Election year as an FYI, Chairperson will keep us informed

B. Student Council Report
-No council has been selected to date

C. Principal
-Current Enrollment at 614 (72) Preschool, with a current over projection of 27. Could potential gain $120k in SBB funding.

-PD during first week of school was led by the Farnsworth Instructional Leadership Team and centered around:


-Tiered Assessments


-Moby Max

-Peer Buddy Program

-Technology break out groups using in house trainers

-Personnel Leave of Absences: Mr Genge still on leave with no anticipated return date, Ms. Barnhart and Mr. K has filling those positions. Mrs. Pina is also on a maternity leave and her position is being filled by Ms. Gillespie how has worked with Farnsworth as a substitute before.

-A review of the CIWP, including mission and vision statement was reviewed by staff for alignment-all in agreement that as a school we are on target

-Reach Performance Tasks and NWEA BOY are currently being implemented.

-Curriculum implementation for 7/8th Math will be Go Math, K-6 Envision 2.0, and ELA (1st & 8th) will be piloting a new Reading/Writing program called Core Ready.

-Principal Oken and AP Walsh attended a variety of conferences over the summer.

-ALL Safety drills will be conducted early in the school year-stay posted for those announcements.

-Upcoming Staff PD on Restorative Practices on November 13th

-Motion was made by RSN to move $6,000 from the Miscellaneous charges line to an Extended Day Bucket to cover the cost of an After School Algebra Math Instructor.

-Motion was 2nd by KOD
-Motion passes with no abstentions

-Discussion of concerns from last year:

-Administration is looking into ways to combat chronic tardiness and absences, including further enforcing the Students Code of Conduct, parent meetings, etc.

-Dress code: Currently waiting to see how the addition of jeans effects the compliance rate.

-Community involvement: Principal Oken is going to make arrangement to attend Gladstone Chamber of Commerce meetings-with Ms. Walsh standing in her place as needed.

-PR will be delegated to the Farnsworth Instructional Leadership Team.

-Parent communication: K-8 will be using the Remind System, increasing the amount of Robocalls, and 24 hour parent email turnaround time to be enforced.

-The Back to School Carnival was a hit-the PTA would like to thank everyone in attendance and especially those who helped.

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 in October
PPLC-None at this time
CIWP-LRE-43 (LRE3), 25 (LRE2), 58(LRE1)
PAC-None at this time

VII. New Business
A. Community Vacancy
-Vacancy will be posted this week.

VIII. Old Business
A. PB 45 Update
-None at this time

IX. Set next Meeting Date
–October 14th 6pm, State of the School

X. Vote to Adjourn
-Jim Oehler-1st
-Aryn Fletcher-2nd