The Local School Council of the Edison Regional Gifted Center will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday September 17, 2008 at the school starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the school. At this Special Meeting CPS officials will make a presentation about changes to the Community Voting Boundary for our school. The discussion will lead to setting the boundary map of the Edison Gifted Regional Center for the next ten years. Come hear about the proposals and the process and ask about what effect it may have on the future of our school. An agenda will be published before this Special Meeting. In addition to the community voting boundary issue, we currently anticipate discussing the on-going work by the LSC's active committees as well as future plans for LSC actions.
There will be an open forum for parents to be heard on issues that concern them. Plan to be able to ask questions and make suggestions about our school. This will be an open meeting subject to the Open Meetings Act.
Please plan to attend the Special Meeting on Wednesday September 17, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edison Regional Gifted Center.
Sitting services for kids will be available
LSC Meeting Agenda
Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council Special Meeting
Thomas A. Edison Regional Gifted Center,
4929 North Sawyer, Chicago, IL
September 17, 2008
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Announcements/Introduction of Special Guests
5. Presentation and discussion about Community Voting Boundaries for ERGC LSC
6. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting
a. Chair of the LSC
c. Communications, Public Relations and Technology Committee (discussion and vote on committee recommendations)
d. Safety & Security Committee (discussion and vote on committee recommendations)
8. New Business:
a. Proposal for new date for October LSC meeting (discussion and vote)
9. Open Forum
10. Announce date of next meeting
Downloadable PDF files below.
Edison Regional Gifted Center
Local School Council
Minutes of September 17, 2008 Meeting
The September 17,
2008 Meeting of the Edison Regional Gifted Center Local School Council was
called to order at 6:31 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, Mrs. Patricia Strelecki, and Mr. Harlan Wallach. Members
missing: Mr. Marc Papadogiannis and Ms. Robin Rumsey.
The LSC Meeting
Agenda presented by Mr. Early was approved. (See Agenda dated September 17,
Mr. Early announced special guest, Dr. William Rice from CPS
and Ms. Aida Montigo, LSC Liaison for Area 1 from CPS Office of LSC Relations.
Dr. Rice presented 5 potential community voting boundaries
proposed by CPS. The current Edison
Park boundaries were set
in 1989. Once new boundaries are accepted, they cannot be changed until 2018.
LSC will only be making a recommendation to CPS who makes the boundary
decisions. The next step is a public hearing with testimony. Then, the final
proposal is submitted to the CPS Board. (See maps of 5 options attached.)
Option 1 is what boundaries would be if ERGC was a neighborhood school. Option
2 is four times larger, considered intermediate. Option 3 is approximately
1/3-1/2 of Cluster One. Option 4 includes Area 1. Option 5 includes all of Chicago north of North Avenue. The
pro and con comments included:
Smaller area would focus on local community and
outreach and for a community member to be close by.
Larger area would tap potential “gifted
Larger area would incorporate our old Edison Park
Larger area would include more of the 39th
We are a regional gifted center, not a community
gifted center so our boundaries should directly reflect the area in which Edison is designated to receive students from.
Larger boundaries would mean larger pool of
potential community representatives to draw from.
If boundaries include Hibbard and other LSCs,
parents from other schools might want to join our LSC.
Local business owners who do not live in
community do not qualify as potential community reps.
Expansive boundaries means any distant
neighborhood could “bus” voters and influence issues.
Boundaries could perhaps include other education
institutes, i.e., Northeastern
University (who has
gifted education program).
LSC should reflect the students who attend and
our students come from everywhere.
Mr. Rice commented that CPS does not have a preference and
wants to hear LSC’s and community’s recommendations. After much discussion, Ms.
Kim moved and Mr. Farmer seconded for our LSC to recommend Option 3 to CPS.
The minutes of the August
20, 2008 and September 9, 2008, meetings
Mr. Early urges respectful and open meetings always.
by Mrs. Gray: Motion unanimously passed to allow Edison
administration to write checks up to $2000. Amounts over $2000 still needs LSC
approval. CPS approved a third security guard for our campus and administration
is currently interviewing. ERGC website is up at edgifted.org.
Public Relations & Technology Committee Report by Mr. Wallach:
Congratulated ERGC, LSC and PTO all for putting up websites within 60
days. Announced Kim Early as
Communications secretary; Christine Kim as online calendar keeper; and Kathleen
Lally as Curriculum Subcommittee chair.
Subcommittee Report by Kathleen Lally: Subcommittee worked with ERGC to
distribute the 10-week plans.
Subcommittee is now working with The Bulletin to highlight two
classrooms per month, showing how teachers are using technology in his/her
classroom and to also highlight two specific classroom curriculums. Different
classrooms will be featured monthly. Ms. Lally has also contacted webmasters of
certain websites which are misrepresenting ERGC and asking them to correct
Subcommittee Report by Karen Pryor, co-chair. Announced that parent
volunteers will attend the CPS Gifted and Enriched Academic Programs (GEAP)
Fair at Whitney Young this Saturday, September 20th, and man a ERGC
table. An open house at ERGC for prospective students/families might be set in
Mr. Wallach motioned to “amend the SIPAAA to provide that an
ERGC website will be available to the public by October 1, 2008 by adding the
following language: ‘The Edison
Center shall have an
official school website fully functional by October 1, 2008.’” Motion not
passed as moot.
Ms. Lally asked about the propriety of including money
language in SIPAAA because PTO is
fundraising arm and separate entity from ERGC so fundraising issues do not
belong in SIPAAA.
Safety & Security
Committee Report: Alex Gallegos was not present because he is receiving an
award tonight. (See Committee Report.) Mr. Early moved and Ms. Kim seconded to
adopt any recommendation by the Safety & Security Committee. Motion passed.
Committee Report by Mrs. Oberhardt: ATP is our only bus carrier from now
on. They are still working on rerouting so length of commute is shortened. They
are trying but cannot guarantee to keep the commute under one hour. Parents
need to get their children to their stops at least 10 minutes before bus is
PTO Report by
Christine Kim: Edison is in need of new
copiers. PTO decided against disseminating Directory information to LSC. PTO
purchased two more SmartBoards.
New Business: Motion to change October 8th
meeting to October 15 due to Yom Kippur passed.
Playground will open once holes along cement floor are filled with dirt.
at 8:45 p.m.
Next meeting will
be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at school.
Christine Kim, Secretary
These minutes were
approved as read on 10/15/08.