LSC Meeting – 20160912

O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy

Monday, September 12th, 2016 @ 5:30pm

O.A. Thorp School Auditorium

Attendees: Tim A., Monica D., Tim D., Tammy W., Jerry C., Jason Q, Mr. Robles, Efren T., George M., Amy E., Debbie D.: Arrived at 5:43pm

  • Call to Order & Roll call
  • Review Approval of Minutes
    • Motion to approve the previous minutes Motioned: Tammy W., Seconded: George M.
    • Vote: passed w/unanimous consent
  • Review Approval of Agenda
    • Modifications: Moved CIWP report to new business
    • Motion to approve the amended agenda Motioned: Jason Q., Seconded: Amy E.
    • Vote: passed w/unanimous consent
  • LSC Committees Updates & Reports:
    • Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC)
      • First meeting on the 16th
    • Principal Evaluation Committee
      • Tammy Chairman
      • Monica will share next steps from Mr. Garcia (CPS Liason)
    • Budget Committee
      • Jason: Summarized the meeting on July 8th
        • Request for full contact info for all members. We
    • Communications Committee
      • First meeting will be on 9/20
    • Friends of Thorp (FOT)
      • Superossa fundraiser coming up in March, will be on October agenda.
    • PTA
      • No updates
  • Principal’s Report
    • We’re part of CPS Anywhere pilot, which means:
      • Budget transfers go through central office
      • Teacher’s must do their own reimbursements
      • Centralized vendors
      • Teacher payroll correction review
      • Removal of these duties which are currently handled by school clerk
      • Internal Accounts
        • Capped at 5k for checks out of internal accounts
        • Pays for referees
          • Uniforms
          • Speakers, etc.
          • In summary: operational expenses under 1k are handled through internal accounts.
      • Under CPS Anywhere internal account transfers will need to come through CPS
        • Order is CPS -> LSC -> Approval
        • All fund transfers must go through the LSC
      • This seems to have added a lot of new friction around reimbursements and what’s considered simple purchases. Mr. T isn’t sure if they’re able to but will contact CPS about having someone talk to the LSC about the new program and our responsibilities.
    • Changes in Special Education staffing:
      • Previously if a school was short Special Education staff, they had to appeal in order to obtain a new special ed position. CPS would send an expert to review the appeal and make a decision.
      • The advantage of this approach was that CPS funded those staff if approved.
      • Now there are no longer appeals in order to meet mandates.
      • Schools must create the money for a position.
      • Drives creative solutions:
        • Hire two .5 paraprofessionals instead of 1 as a more efficient way to use resources and has less indications of a permanent position.
        • Bringing in retired teachers as support
      • Why does this fluctuate?
        • New students brought in… we have several new in kindergarten. New assessments are made for current students.
    • Professional Development for Teachers
      • Teachers asking for additional observations
      • In response:
        • Will be reducing administrative meetings to facilitate more observations.
        • Teacher/leads will be running meetings and bringing that information back to administration
    • Other staffing changes
      • New hires:
        • Tina Marsiglio: Special Ed.
        • Tom Mackie: Science, highly regarded, looking to move because his current commute is too long. Expect to see him in the school in the next couple of weeks.
        • Kristina Buschle: 1st grade
      • Moves:
        • Mr. Robles: 2nd grade. We lost an ESL teacher unexpectedly and needed to replace that teacher.
        • Special Education inclusion: Ms. Rasmussen
        • Ms. Gantz: Kdg. support for the short term.
      • Retirements:
        • Linda Hunt
        • Carol Battaglia
      • Having some of the office staff move out and work with the kids during lunch etc.
    • Open House: Thinks we’re done with open house before the school year. Likely to go back to first or second week of school.
    • Budget Transfers (Mr. Toledo
      • 115 Funds
        • Bringing in college tutors for support has been inconsistent and would like to move ahead with transferring $25k for retired teachers to come back to the classroom for MTSS and other needs.
        • Looking to move the .5 bilingual administrator position to a formal position and fund that amount direct from 115.
      • 225 Funds:
        • Use $60k for 2 paraprofessional .5 positions
        • Special meeting was added for approval on 9/19 7am.
    • Thorp aftercare going well, currently collected about $30k and have been able to get a much higher quality staff.
  • Old Business:
    • Review of Bylaws & Approval
      • Motion to approve the bylaws Motioned: Tim D., Seconded: George M.
      • Vote: passed w/unanimous consent
  • New Business
    • Internal Accounts Review
    • Teacher Representative Vacancy
      • Open invitation will go out tomorrow to teacher’s mailboxes.
      • Referendum vote will occur on Friday. Note: Since the meeting this has changed based on the input of CPS liaison, and a more comprehensive vote and selection will take place
    • Fundraising
      • Baker’s Square Pie cards fundraising in November/December
      • Fundraising for research on Loeys-Dietz on 10/26/2016
    • CIWP
      • Discussion of reorganizing Principal Report to better align directly to the specific CIWP we drafted last year.
      • Discussion of having Communications Committee help usher information to parents, or the best way to disseminate
  • Public Participation/Announcements * Ms. Galligan was intending to relate some items of from CTU negotiations, but needed to leave early.
  • Adjourn
    • Motion to adjourn Motioned: Tim A., Seconded: Debbie D.
    • Vote: passed w/unanimous consent