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November 2013

JAMES B. FARNSWORTH LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL 

NOTICE WAS GIVEN that the Local School Council held a scheduled meeting on Wednesday,
November 13, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


1. Call to Order @ 8:25 am 


2. Roll Call
-Melanie Moorhouse
-Monica Koziol (AB) 
-Jim Oehler 
-Kristin Stephens
-Barbara OKen 
-Roseanne Stansbury-Nelson 
-George Wilson 
-Kathleen O’Donnell 
-Kenneth Comineck (AB) 
-Christina Hatley 
-Mike Simball 
-Parent Vacancy 


3. Approval of Agenda
-Jim Oehler 1st
-Christina Hatley-2nd 


4. Vote to Approve Minutes
-Melanie Moorhouse-1st
-George Wilson-2nd 


5. Public Participation
-None at this time 


6. Reports 
A. Chairperson
-Report card pick-up was yesterday and went smoothly, seemed very well-organized
-“Glitch” was made on the School Report Card for 2013, Creative Schools Certification should be classified higher than “emerging”. Working on making the correction.
-Principal OKen and Chairperson attended Representative Martwick’s meeting
-Lots of discussion centered around Special Education solutions
(Mike Simball arrived at 8:32am)
-Parent Vacancy as of 11/2013
-Flyer sent home at report card pick-up, request for interest by November 11th @ 3pm 

B. Principal Report
-Current enrollment stands at 593 (non-attendings have been removed)
-23% Sped
-26% ELL
-60% Free & Reduced
-94% Attendance
-Performance Policy will be shifting and 20% of it will be attendance based.
Principal OKen is looking into solutions to account for our medically fragile population.
-2013 School Report Card reflects far above average for student growth in Reading & Math, and above average for student attainment.
-Update on Safety & Security-some classrooms have locks, however, the remaining classrooms have been denied temporarily until a bid from a new vendor has been secured.
-Extracurricular programs include: GOTR, BOB, Chess, Footprints of the Mind, Young Rembrandts, Sports (Volleyball, Soccer, Flag Football,), and Projected for Winter (Girls & Boys Basketball)/Spring (TBD). 
-CIWP Priorities Update:
-Partnering with the Department of Literacy for Benchmark Assessments-PARCC aligned
-K-5 Math Teacher Leaders have been elected & will continue to attend quarterly PD
-Karin Gallian
-Vera Belousova
-Reza Behrooz (existing)
-K-8 Literacy Leaders continue to attend quarterly PD
-Laura Ryan
-Pinki Desai
-Kristin Stephens
-Healthy Schools Certification is STILL pending (per ISBE)
-Technology-Laptop and iPad carts available for each floor
-Family Nights will begin Tuesday, November 26th Reading Night (pending)
-Facilities Update: Noise Abatement Project almost complete
-Winter Assemblies will be on December 19th
-Additional SGSA funds were deposited into account, as well as approximately $35k pending due to transfer of Aid/SECA position 

C. PTA
-Monster Ball & Bash broke even, although considered a success due to high turnout.
-VanGogh Fun-Pacs are the current fundraiser
-Pending dates on 2013 Holiday Bazaar
-Next week Tuesday, November 19th is the next PTA meeting @ 8:15 am 

D. Committees:
BAC-No report available
PPLC- No report at this time
CIWP-LRE-Report distributed 


7. New Business -None at this time 


8. Old Business 
A. After Care Program Update
-“Champions” (a division of Kindercare) has been approved as a DCFS as a childcare provider, they are working on an interest inventory.
-Minimum of 20 kids needed for enrollment
-Available for grades K-6, with services running until 6pm, with 3 to 5 day attendance options.
B. Dress Code
-Considerations given to stripes on athletic pants for PE days
-Sweats and other athletic wear is reserved for PE days only
-Dress code will be revisited and modified as needed 


9. Set next Meeting Date-LSC Regular Meeting
-December 11th, 2013 @8:15 am 


10. Vote to Adjourn
Motion to adjourn was made by Jim Oehler
-George Wilson- 2nd