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November 2014


NOTICE WAS GIVEN that the Local School Council held a meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


I. Call to Order @ 10:10am

II. Roll Call (Established Quorum)

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

III. Vote to Approve Agenda
-Kathleen O’Donnell-1st
-Christina Hatley-2nd

IV. Vote to Approve Minutes from October meeting
-Terry Burke-1st
-Kathleen O’Donnell-2nd

V. Public Comment
-None at this time

VI. Reports
A. Chairperson

-Aryn and Roseanne are currently attending Parent Leadership Network Meetings, facilitated by F.A.C.E., and held at Taft.

-Chairperson requested a method for information to be disseminated about the variety of resources available through the CPS network (ie. Encyclopedia Britannica, etc.)
-Suggestion made to direct parents to website where links are available, as well as put a reminder in the Mustang Monthly.

-ISBE Family representatives were also in attendance at an additional PTA meeting attended by the Chairperson and ISBE is working on a schedule and system for support.

-Discussion at PTA meeting also included a discussion around Common Core and how to better prepare parents to assist their children at home.

B. Student Council Report
Non-day of attendance for students

C. Principal Reports
-ELA CCSS Learning Cycle was reviewed at 11/7 PD and concluded with the idea that additional support is still needed in Vocabulary Development. ELA and Math Leads also shared new learning from quarterly Network PD. 

-2nd Quarter will focus on Math Common Core, specifically Math Talks 

-ODLSS came out for a Learning Walk in order to help develop a more appropriate metric for attendance reporting at Farnsworth. There was a mutual understanding of the special circumstances that exist.

-Human Resources Management: 3 FMLA, 2 FMLA Pending, 2 SECA hired

-Honor Roll procedures will continue similar to last year

-Restorative Conversation meeting was attended by Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Jost and teacher representatives will also be attending a similar meeting in the near future.

-Most recent lock down drill went well, and doors were able to be locked.

-Family Reading Night will be held on November 20th and the author of “Jitterbug” will be the special guest speaker.

-Aramark Facilities maintenance has improved and consistency among staff is better.

-As previously discussed, Farnsworth has received Title I funds, and information is currently being collected on how funds can be appropriated.

-Mrs. Walsh is working on new email blasts for parents.

-Motion was made by Christina Hatley to approve the Scholastic order in the amount of $4167.78

2nd-Kathleen O’Donnell

-Motion carries and was approved unanimously-no discussion.

-Contract for copiers is approaching expiration, and funds are needed to reinstate. An estimated dollar amount of $5087 is projected.

-Motion was made by Jim Oehler to approve the copier maintenance contracts not to exceed $6000.00.

2nd-Kathleen O’Donnell

-Motion carries and was approved unanimously-no discussion.

None at this time

E. Farnsworth School Campus and Park Foundation
-Looking at ways to improve membership and attract new board members.

F. Committees
-BAC-None at this time
-PPLC-None at this time
-CIWP-LRE-Report was reviewed

VII. New Business

-Establishment and criteria of PAC is still under review

VIII. Old Business
-None at this time

IX. Set next Meeting Date-LSC Regular Meeting
December 10, at 8:15am

X. Vote to Adjourn @9:30am
-Motion to adjourn was made by Christina Hatley.
-1st-Jim Oehler
-2nd-Kathleen O’Donnell