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Please plan to attend the Edison Gifted LSC meetings on Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.AGENDA
LSC Meeting Agenda
Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council Meeting
Thomas A. Edison Regional Gifted Center,
4929 North Sawyer, Chicago, IL
October 15, 2008
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting
b. Communications, Public Relations and Technology Committee (discussion & vote on committee recommendations)
c. Safety & Security Committee (discussion & vote on committee recommendations)
d. Liaison Committee
6. Old Business:
a. Community Voting Boundaries
b. report on LRE
7. New Business:
a. Consent Decree
b. Request for Disclosure of Incidents on Albany Park campus (discuss motion & vote)
8. Open Forum
9. Announce date of next meeting
10. Personnel Issues (motion for executive session)
Edison Regional Gifted Center
Local School Council
The August 20, 2008 Meeting
of the Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council was called to order
at 6:05 p.m. in the
cafeteria. A quorum was present.
Members in attendance
were: Mr. Michael Early, Mr. Matt Farmer, Mrs. Saundra Gray, Ms. Christine
Kim, Mr. Marc Papadogiannis, Ms. Robin Rumsey, Mrs. Patricia Strelecki, and Mr.
Member not in
attendance was: Ms. Kathleen Lally.
The minutes of the July 9, 2008
meeting were approved as read. The minutes of the June 10, 2008
meeting were approved as corrected. (Correction on page 1, Old Business, 4th
bullet point: “Ms. Rumsey reiterated that [omitted] everyone is entitled
to an opinion.”)
Mr. Early welcomed everyone and hoped for LSC to be an open forum for all to
by Mrs. Gray (see also Principal’s Notes dated August 20, 2008):
Edison staff did not attend the conference in Las Vegas during the
Edison will be
receiving two science labs which CPS will install by the end of September or
beginning of October.
Edison’s old telephone
number should have a recording stating our new number.
The sign outside will read as follows:
Regional Gifted Center
Student desks are in; still waiting for teacher
Classrooms need more cabinetry but if CPS won’t
buy it, we will have to find a way to purchase them.
Parking one block south on Kedzie is being
Mrs. Gray visited Alderman Laurino two weeks ago
and Alderman Laurino was very cooperative.
The bench donated by a graduating class is
missing from Albany
Park premises and a
police report was filed.
Public Relations & Technology Committee Report by Mr. Wallach:
First Communications meeting held on August 6, 2008 at the
Announcement of new LSC website on Google which
includes an electronic calendar.
LSC will continue to use both paper and
electronic information to disseminate information.
Plans to work in conjunction with Michael Stowe
(baddomain) and PTO.
LSC is committed to a proper electronic, not
Mr. Wallach hopes the LSC committee heads to
participate and be part of Communications Committee.
Next Communications Committee meeting will be
held on September 3, 2008
at a place yet to be determined.
Committee strongly recommends Edison
administration’s need for a website and to state a launch date.
Mrs. Gray suggests that committee meetings at night should
try to coordinate with existing events already scheduled. Mrs. Rumsey suggested
finding out APMA’s schedule to see if LCS committee meetings could be
piggybacked with them.
Safety & Security
Committee Report by Mr. Early (in place of Mr. Alex Gallegos, chair):
More crossing guards needed. Last year there was
on at Kedzie & Lawrence and should have one again this year. Does Ainslie
& Kedzie have one this year, too?
Confirmation that Sawyer is closed to traffic
except for busses.
Bullying – Mrs. Gray will be addressing CPS Code
of Conduct on the first day of school.
The Safety and Security Committee moved to have
the LSC to adopt and approve the following recommendations:
Increase the use of trained and organized indoor
and outdoor parent volunteers (such as during pick-up and drop-off times,
recess monitors, lunch room monitors and hallway helpers). The LSC should work with the PTO and the
administration to recruit and prepare parent volunteers for the beginning of
the school year.
Continue to implement the CPS Student Code of
Conduct -- including the new anti-bullying provisions – using the
recommendations in the CPS Bullying Prevention and CPS Toolkit documents. Determine the best methods to educate
faculty, parents and students about the Code of Conduct and the anti-bullying
Consider having Kindergarten through 3rd
grade walkers enter through the south entrance of the building to facilitate
Provide parents with information about how to
safely drop-off and pick-up their children and provide students with schedules,
school maps, and pathways within the school so they can safely find their way
around the building before the first day of school.
of these recommendations from the Safety and Security Committee was voted on as
a separate motion to have it adopted as an LSC recommendation. All four motions to adopt the Committee’s
recommendations were passed by the LSC.
Committee Report by Mrs. Oberhardt:
Last year’s bus company, Chicago Transit, was
not approved by CPS this year.
carrier this year is unknown as of yet.
Ms. Kim moves to table approval of Bylaws to
next month’s meeting and seconded by Mr. Farmer. Motion passed 4 yes, 3 no, 1
Mr. Farmer is the chair of the LSC Liaison
Edison LCS has no community members and needs to
fill the two vacancies. CPS will make boundaries. Ms. Christine Jasch suggests
APMA parents on Edison LCS and vice versa.
It is noted that History Fair is scheduled for March 11, 2009 which
coordinates with March LSC meeting. K-3 Science Fair is scheduled for April 2, 2009. Mr. Early
moves to recommend to administration that History Fair and K-3 Science Fair
projects be kept up so parents could view projects (though students will not be
present at night) with the stipulation that parent volunteers will break down
and put away projects after viewing. Motion passed unanimously. Mr. Early moves
to reschedule LSC April meeting from April 1 to April 2, 2009 to coincide. Motion passed
Mr. Early moves to set aside the $450 stipend
given to LSC by CPS for training and save it for other uses such as guest
speakers. After clarification that teachers or anyone else who did not want to
use personal funds for training would not need to, motion was passed
Meeting was opened to
the Public Forum:
Ms. Daniela Ortiz asked for official
start/dismissal times of three schools and was given:
Edison 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
am – 2:15 pm
Hibbard 9:00 am – 2:45 pm
Ms. Ortiz asked if Total Quality Schools (TQS)
will be reinstated.
Ms. Rachel Wallach asked about shared bathrooms.
Mrs. Gray says the two schools will generally separate bathrooms by wings;
however, no student is forbidden from using any bathroom. The buddy system will
Mr. Wallach wants to recommend all committees
including PPLC to conform with rules, including minutes. Mrs. Gray stated that
PPLC does report.
Ms. Christine Jasch asked about parking. No
solution has been given. CTA lot on Kedzie charges $2 all day. Mrs. Gray said
Alderman Laurino told her to ask her again in the future if CPS falls through.
Parent asked about I.D. cards. Administration
initially wanted them but then rejected idea due to many different restraints
at 9:03 p.m.
Next meeting will
be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in school cafeteria on the
same evening as Edison Open House.
Christine Kim, Secretary
These minutes were
approved as corrected on 9/17/08.