January 14, 2009 ERGC LSC Meeting

Edison Gifted

4929 North Sawyer
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-0540 phone
(773) 534-0539 faxOPEN MEETING

On Wednesday January 14, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. we will have an Edison Gifted Local School Council meeting followed.

Do not miss this opportunity to learn about what your LSC is doing.  A full agenda will be published prior to the meeting but we expect this LSC meeting to address recommendations to improve school communication and other issues.  

The meeting is expected to include discussions about efforts to improve transportation and busing, technology, curriculum, our school's relationship with our new neighbors, as well as ways parents can volunteer to make meaningful contributions to our school.

Please plan to attend the Edison Gifted LSC meeting on Wednesday January 14, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

LSC Meeting Agenda
Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council Meeting
Thomas A. Edison Regional Gifted Center
4929 North Sawyer, Chicago, IL
January 14, 2009

1.    Call to Order
2.    Roll Call
3.    Approval of Agenda
4.    Discussion of Transportation Issues with Elizabeth Perkins of CPS Bureau of Student     Transportation and Jewel Lockhart of Jewel’s Bus Company
5.     Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting
6.    Reports:
    a.    Principal
    b.    PPLC Committee
    c.     Curriculum & SIPAAA Committee
    d.    Communications, Public Relations and Technology Committee
e.    Safety & Security Committee
    f.    PTO
7.    Open Forum
8.    Announce date of next meeting
9.    Adjourn


Edison Regional Gifted Center

Local School Council

Minutes of January 14, 2009 Meeting

The January 14, 2009 Meeting of the Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council was called to order at 6:35 p.m. in the gymnasium. A quorum was present.


Members in attendance: Mr. Michael Early, Mr. Matt Farmer, Mrs. Saundra Gray, Ms. Christine Kim, Ms. Kathleen Lally, Mr. Marc Papadogiannis, Ms. Robin Rumsey, and Mrs. Patricia Strelecki.

Member not in attendance at roll call: Mr. Harlan Wallach (who arrived at 7:20 p.m.).


The LSC Meeting Agenda presented by Mr. Early was approved. (See Agenda dated
January 14, 2009.)


Mr. Early introduced Ms. Elizabeth Perkins from CPS Bureau of Student Transportation and Ms. Jewel Lockhart, owner of Jewel’s Bus Service.


Ms. Perkins explained the events regarding Edison’s bus service this year. CPS has a bidding process and Jewel’s was awarded 50 routes on the north side. Jewel’s has 174 buses. Because they had no experience with routes on the north side, Jewel’s subcontracted Edison’s routes, but then lost the subcontractor, ATP. Because Edison has had three “start-ups” regarding bus service, there have been problems and delays. Currently, out of the 13 Edison routes, the majority of the issues seem to be related to Route 2. Ms. Perkins acknowledged that the bus company cannot monitor every bus driver. However, every driver is trained and certified by the State of Illinois and knows all the rules. When an incident is reported, the driver is investigated and is removed, if necessary. There are over 3700 bus drivers in the CPS system. New drivers are given route sheets. Ms. Lockhart stated that if there is an incident, someone should call Jewel’s to report it and Jewel’s will solve it. Mrs. Gray stated that either she or Mrs. Oberhardt should be contacted directly if there is a safety issue with a bus and they will contact Ms. Lockhart and Ms. Perkins. Ms. Lally would like to see street by street directions given to the drivers and for Jewel’s to make sure that all the buses have functioning seat belts. Ms. Lockhart stated that Edison buses are her newest buses and that the drivers have turn by turn directions. Parents stated that the bus for Route 2 is not a new bus. Ms. Perkins stated that CPS is currently working on installing GPS systems on buses but the contract has not been approved yet. Ms. Lockhart stated that the bus drivers have Nextel walkie talkies. As of tonight, a process will be in place so we can go forward. The plan will be to have two drivers trained for every route and that the buses will arrive at the first pick-up 30-40 minutes before the first pick-up time. Mr. Early will contact Ms. Perkins and Ms. Lockhart next Thursday to get an update on if Route 2 has improved. He urges parents to contact him with any bus issues, especially Route 2, so he can assess if the bussing problems have been resolved.


The minutes of the December 9, 2008 meeting were approved as corrected.


Principal’s Report by Mrs. Gray: See Mrs. Gray’s written report dated January 14, 2009 attached.

  • There will be an Inaugural Ball during school on Tuesday, January 20th to celebrate this historic event.
  • CPS has created the Parent Portal and when information is received from CPS, she will inform the parents.
  • Edison will be staffing a second Specialized Service Aide and hopefully this will show Edison’s compliance with LRE mandates.


PPLC Committee Report by Mrs. Strelecki: The committee has not met but will meet in the next two weeks.


Curriculum & SIPAAA Committee Report by Mr. Papadogiannis: Mr. Papadogiannis announced that Ms. Drinkwater received the National Board Certification 10 year masters teacher certificate. She also received a $500 grant from the Chicago Foundation for Education for the 7th Grade play. Mr. Matsumoto and Mrs. Shanahan have masters degrees and Mrs. Strelecki and Mr. Papadogiannis will receive their masters degrees within a couple of months. The new homework policy is being fine-tuned and will be implemented at the beginning of third quarter. Mr. Papadogiannis has seen Walter Payton H.S.’s new science lab which has the same specs as the science labs Edison will soon get.


Communications, Public Relations & Technology Committee Report by Mr. Wallach: The committee has not met but will meet in the next two weeks. Karen Pryor has informed the public of Edison’s open house information.


Safety & Security Committee Report by Alex Gallegos:  The committee has not met but will meet in the next two weeks.


PTO Report by Mrs. Kim: Highlights of PTO’s January 13, 2009 meeting:

  • Excel has raised $7,165 and $250 in corporate matching program so far. Kristie Hansen will extend collecting efforts to end of January.
  • Legacy information has been sent via email and posted on PTO yahoo site and will be posted on Edison website, too.
  • Sock Hop is scheduled for February 27 by the 5th Grade.
  • Fun Fair is set for the last week of school and will most likely be combined with Octathalon.
  • PTO elections will be held in April and candidates for all officer positions except Treasurer are needed.


Open Forum:

  • Chinese lessons are being considered by volunteer parent Hong Chen Wang for 6-8th graders. They are not being offered for primary grades because, as a volunteer, Mrs. Wang creates the parameters of her offering.


Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at school.


Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,


/s/ Kathleen Lally, Interim Secretary


These minutes were approved as read on February 11, 2009.

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