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April 2015


NOTICE WAS GIVEN that the Local School Council had a Bi-Annual meeting on Wednesday April 15th, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


I. Call to Order @ 5:37pm

II. Roll Call

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

III. Vote to Approve Agenda
-Kenneth Cominek-1st
-Kathy O’Donnell-2nd

IV. Vote to Approve Minutes
-Terry Burke-1st
-Christina Hatley-2nd

V. Public Comment 
- Catalpa and Central street crossing concerns. Parent would like to see speed camera installed (Safety Zone), crossing guard road signs, A crossing light, a patrol car to monitor traffic.

-The Alderman’s office is currently working on pedestrian “bump-outs” for this location. Parents are encouraged to call the Alderman’s office

-Dress code concerns-it is an outdated practice.

-Parent Funds from Title I-recommendation to use the funds for a bilingual parent program.

-Concerns regarding the frequency of Lice in specific classrooms. What precautions does the school take?

-Letters home are tracked and the followed up with by the school nurse.

-Carpool Lane for drops- off in the morning. Concern regarding traffic and safety of the children.

-Alderman’s office is willing to do a traffic study. And Principal Oken will look into getting additional traffic horses to aid the situation.

VI. Reports
A. Chairperson
-Parent Advisory Committee met on April 11th with a recommendation for a full-time interventionist to target students in the 0-30% and receiving D’s and F’s, including students with IEPs.

B. Student Council Report
-None at this time (evening meeting)

C. Principal
Bi-Annual Report
-Student enrollment up from 585 to 601
-Low-income up to 66%
-Today’s Student Attendance 93.94%
(However, ahead for the year)

-School/Student Growth and Attainment presented and numbers are reflective of Spring 2013-Spring 2014 results. Spring 2015 results are not in to date.

-CIWP Priorities Reviewed

-Recent Operational Updates include a Luna gate, and bollards removed.

-New hires through the end of the year include a PE Teacher, 3rd Security Guard, and an Interventionist

-Champions After Care program is in the final stages of contract talk.

-Farnsworth will be hosting an ESY program this Summer 2015.

Budget/Spending and Approvals

-CIWP report updated to reflect Title 1 fund allocation.

Jim Oehler made a motion to approve the amended CIWP to reflect the Title 1 fund compliance and allocation via a roll call vote: 
-Jim Oehler
-Kristin Stephens
-Barbara Oken
-Roseanne Stansbury-Nelson
-Kathleen O’Donnell
-Kenneth Cominek
-Aryn Fletcher
-Christina Hatley
-Becky Bush
-Terry Ann Burke
-Jeannie Gustafson
-Diane Baran

The motion was passed with no abstentions.

-Book Fair in progress-going great so far!

E. Farnsworth School, Campus and Park Foundation
-The committee met yesterday to decide on the future of the foundation and have decided to enter a period of “sleep” until the climate for more parent involvement improves. They will re-evaluate in the fall.

F. Committees-BAC, PPLC, CIWP-LRE
BAC- is scheduled to have a meeting tomorrow
PPLC-None at this time

VII. New Business
A. Dress Code

-Christina Hatley made a motion to move the discussion of Dress Code to a later date, the motion was seconded by Kathy O’Donnell. The motion was passed with no absentions.

VIII. Old Business
A. PB 45 Update

-The Expo is this evening, please vote for the Farnsworth Playground.

B. Confidentiality Agreement
-Reviewed and Signed

C. Conduct Principal Performance Evaluation (Closed Session)
-Jim Oehler made a motion to go into closed session, the motion was seconded by Becky Bush. The motion was passed with no discussion.

Jim Oehler departed at 7:32pm 

-Kenneth Cominek made a motion to go back into open session, the motion was seconded by Terry Burke. The motion was passed with no discussion at 7:50pm

Kristin Stephens departed at 7:45 

D. Vote on Principal Performance Evaluation (Open session)
-Jim Oehler (AB)
-Kristin Stephens-Yes
-Roseanne Stansbury-Nelson-Yes
-Kathleen O’Donnell-Yes
-Kenneth Cominek-Yes
-Aryn Fletcher-Yes
-Christina Hatley-Yes
-Becky Bush-Yes
-Terry Ann Burke-Yes
-Jeannie Gustafson-Yes
-Diane Baran-Yes

IX. Set next Meeting Date – Regular Meeting
-May 13, 2015 at 8:15 AM

X. Vote to Adjourn @ 8:01pm