Edison Gifted Regional Center
Local School Council Meeting
November 12 2008 6:30 PM
4929 North Sawyer
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-0540 phone
(773) 534-0539 fax
Our next Local School Council meeting will be on Wednesday November 12, 2008 (report card pick up day) at 6:30 p.m.
Jay Lee, Director of Gifted and Enriched Academic Programs in the Office of Academic Enhancement, will speak about the Chicago Public School’s commitment to gifted education and how the Edison Regional Gifted Center fits into that plan. Please join us for what promises to be an enlightening presentation.
We plan to have a shortened regular LSC meeting after Jay Lee's presentation. We plan to make sure we have time for an open forum to address any questions. You will not want to miss this LSC meeting.
Edison Regional Gifted Center
Local School Council
Minutes of November 12, 2008 Meeting
The November 12, 2008
Meeting of the Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council was
called to order at 6:38 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 Mr. Harlan
Wallach. Ms. Patricia Strelecki was not present.
Special Guest, Commander
Michael Mealer from the Chicago Police Department 17th District,
spoke. He stated that there were 30 public elementary schools, 6 high schools
and 6 parochial schools in his district, including Edison and Northside College
Prep. Though our new location is more congested, it is also one of the most
diverse. He stated that the area by the school is very safe. The traffic
congestions is always being worked on. There is a good, dedicated team who
works in this area. Officer Cooper’s job is to visit elementary schools. Officer
Cooper is trained in crisis intervention and makes a point to talk to the
children frequently. In addition, Sergeant Louis Guitano goes above and beyond
to help children at risk. Commander Mealer wants everyone to communicate with
his department with any concerns. He stated that the 17th District
has the third lowest crime rate in the city (1st: 16th, 2nd:
20th and 3rd: 17th Dist.)
Community Policing Office: (312)
CAPS Office: (312) 742-4588 or
Special Presentation by Jay
Lee, Director of Gifted and Enriched Academic Programs in the Office of
Academic Enhancement). Mr. Lee answered some questions parents had about GEAP
and OAE. Edison is a flagship school of GEAP. Edison
kindergarten has highest number of applicants of any school in the CPS system.
Dr. Lee addressed questions concerning when Edison’s
program was growing and how it would affect the program and APMA’s program. Dr.
Lee stated Edison was not growing until 2010
and when expansion is in the works he would contact Mrs. Gray.
The LSC Meeting
Agenda presented by Mr. Early was approved. (See Agenda dated November 12, 2008.)
by Mrs. Gray: See Mrs. Gray’s report dated November 12, 2008 attached. Mrs. Gray moved to
transfer SGSA rollover funds of $6,997.97 from last year to be used for
integrating music program (Children’s
Choir) ($2,400); screens for white boards for primary grades ($2,400); and
extended after school program ($2,099.97). Motion passed unanimously. In
addition to the notes, Mrs. Gray stated that the Albany Park
community newspaper has assigned a reporter to our school to report on
good/positive happenings at our school.
PPLC Committee and
Curriculum & SIPAAA Committee Report by Mr. Papadogiannis: The PPLC
committee has met twice at the end of October and recently in November.
Public Relations & Technology Committee Report by Mr. Wallach: Karen
Pryor is working on public relations plans for the school. Mr. Wallach also
requested more judges for science fair on December 3, 2008. Mrs. Lally reports that the
pilot volunteer program for parent involvement in the “specials” classrooms
(i.e., fine arts, LRC, etc.) has been successful and will continue.
Safety & Security
Committee Report. See report of November 6, 2008 meeting attached.
Liaison Committee Report by Mr.
Farmer: Diane Ezerins (who needed to leave the meeting) is working on community
PTO Report by
Mrs. Kim: No report because next PTO meeting is November 18, 2008 at 12:30 p.m.
Committee Report by Mrs. Oberhardt: Jewels has been severely warned by CPS
to get their act together. However, if Jewels can’t get it right this time, we
will most likely get several companies. This will be a nightmare, so Mrs.
Oberhardt and administration will work really hard with Jewels to make sure it
Motion to table the approval of the minutes of the October
15, 2008 meeting
until December meeting made by Mr. Early passed . (7 to 1 in favor, Mrs. Gray
was only no vote.)
Motion for executive (closed) session made and passed to
discuss personnel issues.
adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
called to order at 8:45 p.m.
and adjourned at 9:25 p.m.
Next meeting will
be held on Wednesday,
December 10, 2008 at 6:30
p.m. at school.
These minutes were
approved as read/corrected on __________________________.