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September 2013

JAMES B. FARNSWORTH LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL

NOTICE WAS GIVEN that the Local School Council held a scheduled meeting on Wednesday,
September 11, 2013, at 8:15 a.m. at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois.


1. Call to Order @ 8:25am


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


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


4. Vote to Approve Minutes
Correction to update minutes to reflect role call vote from July Emergency Meeting (9-0)
-Kathleen O’Donnell-1st
-Jim Oehler-2nd


5. Public Participation
-None at this time


6. Reports
A. Chairperson
Recently, Roseanne attended a Capital Improvement meeting at Taft and the take away was the funds are very limited for such projects, including expansion projects. As related to Farnsworth, we are currently one of 49 schools listed as “overcrowded”. It was also stressed by those parent and community members who attended the meeting that they were not interested in solving this problem by founding more Charter schools.
B. Principal Report
-Algebra for 2013-2014 has been approved, we hope to continue the success we have had in the past (21 of 22, with 9 High Pass)
-Sports Program has begun and includes the following opportunities:
-Volleyball
-Soccer
-Flag Football
-Girls on the Run
-Organization for 2013-2014 remains the same with the addition of a new music instructor (Ms. Roche), a special education teacher (Mrs. Stevens), and a new lead engineer (Mr. Sanders).
-REACH Teacher training was completed during August PD training
-College readiness initiatives:
-Upper grade “College Days” 1st Friday of every month
-3rd grade Northeastern field experience
-2013-2014 Curriculum
-New Science Curriculum
-Unified Math programs
-K-5 Envision
-6-8 Core Math
-New Writing Program for K-5
-Open House scheduled September 12th, 6-8pm
-Principal Oken continues to pursue her CELA/SUPES Academy training-once a month
-Budget
-Funds from “Walkathon” budget line will be used to pay for enrichment After School Algebra and Battle of the Books program for 2013-2014. All members were in full support of the proposal.
C. PTA
-Clothing drive to held during Open House
-All PTA meetings are going to be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
-Picture Day September 26th
-Plans are beginning to develop for a fall “festival”, including a Halloween theme
-Fall Walk-a-thon proposal
D. Committees:
BAC-No report, K. Shelke’s title has changed to ELL-Liaison, she will be attending a meeting this week and will report back
PPLC-Working on a time & schedule, suggestion was made to add the PPLC category to weekly Core Minutes.
CIWP-LRE-Report was distributed


7. New Business
-Principal Oken confirmed that she is working on finding opportunities for additional after school programs for the younger grades, K-4. All ideas and suggestions are welcome.


8. Old Business
A. After Care program Update
-K. O’Donnell would like to determine the funds necessary to run an afterschool program, ideally using existing school fee money. Possibility remains of a fee based program in the event that the school cannot provide such a program.
B. Closed Session- Parent Vacancy (this portion of meeting not open to public)
Motion was made to go into closed session to discuss the existing parent vacancy by Roseanne-Stansbury-Nelson.
-Melanie Moorhouse-2nd
C. Parent Vacancy Appointment
Motion was made by George Wilson to approve the appointment of Elaine LaBarge
-Jim Oehler-2nd
The motion carries unanimously by the council. There were no abstentions, as noted by a vote of 10-0.


9. Set next Meeting Date-LSC Regular Meeting
-October 9th at 6:00 p.m.


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