4929 North Sawyer
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-0540 phone
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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
b. PPLC Committee
c. Curriculum & SIPAAA Committee
d. Communications, Public Relations and Technology Committee
e. Safety & Security Committee
7. Open Forum
8. Announce date of next meeting
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
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.
by Mrs. Gray: See Mrs. Gray’s written report dated January 14, 2009 attached.
will be an Inaugural Ball during school on Tuesday, January 20th
to celebrate this historic event.
has created the Parent Portal and when information is received from CPS,
she will inform the parents.
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
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.
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:
has raised $7,165 and $250 in corporate matching program so far. Kristie
Hansen will extend collecting efforts to end of January.
information has been sent via email and posted on PTO yahoo site and will
be posted on Edison website, too.
Hop is scheduled for February 27 by the 5th Grade.
Fair is set for the last week of school and will most likely be combined
elections will be held in April and candidates for all officer positions
except Treasurer are needed.
- 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.
/s/ Kathleen Lally,
These minutes were
approved as read on February 11, 2009.