LSC MEETING – 20170612

OA Thorp Scholastic Academy
Monday, June 12th 2017 @ 5:30pm

Attendees: Tim D., Tim A., Amy E., Tammy W., Ms. Alper, Debbie D., Jerry C, George M., Efren T.
Jason Q. arrived at 6:39pm.

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Review/Approval of Minutes
    • Motion to approve the Minutes Motioned: Tim D. , Seconded: Debbie D.
    • Vote: passed w/unanimous consent
  • Approval of Agenda
    • Motion to approve agenda Motioned: Debbie D. , Seconded: George M.
    • Vote: passed w/unanimous consent
  • LSC Committees Updates & Reports:
    • Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC)
      • Decided instead of a PPLC meeting to have a writing committee meeting, Thaker, Mackey, Littleton, Moline, Alper.
      • Discussed how writing would be graded.
      • Committee creating grade level rubrics over the summer.
      • Aligning expectations between grade levels
    • Communications Committee
      • Website updates
      • LSC Minute
      • Question about whether we would be adding opt-in on communication sharing for parents beginning of next year. We should follow back up to make sure this happens so room parents etc. can get an easy list of folks.
    • Principal Evaluation Committee
      • Status update, mention about the need for another meeting.
      • Tammy touched base with all of the new teachers and gave some broad feedback on their experience.
        • All felt welcomed.
        • Would like a more concrete set of communications about the basics: checklist or mentors in order to help acclimate.
    • FoT
      • Received estimates on the cafeteria improvements.
      • Mr. Mackey is still looking to get his bearings on where we’re at before updating the science lab. So they’ll be instead focusing on the 3rd/4th grade science lab, upgrading the lab tables specifically.
      • Other big project will be updating the lunch room. Currently the lunchroom is incredibly noisy due to the acoustics. Measured at about ~85Db and so looked at adding a drop ceiling with acoustic tiles to help the noise problems along with new floors and a new paint job. Looking to be done over the summer.
    • PTA
      • Met on the 30th. Going back to the reflections art projects, will be working on those over the summer.
      • New parent meeting, very productive. All of the new parents signed up for PTA or FoT, or both.
      • Focus for next year is on expanding service, getting more parents into the school rather than the same core cast of characters.
      • Attendance was strong, bolstered by having the 5th grade meeting on the same night.
    • 8th Grade Committee
      • Graduation this Friday. All LSC Members are invited to attend.
  • Principal’s Report including CIWP updates
    • Capstone projects
      • Highlighted the wax museum and the expansion to the inventors and the inventions that the kids created.
      • Collaboration between Mr. Coughlin and Ms. Romei really worked well.
      • They’ll be producing commercials for all of the inventions.
      • Expect all teams to have projects by next year.
    • Internal Accounts Review
      • Wanted to highlight that we do have some negatives in the accounts which may create some scrutiny for us.
      • Addressed ISP (Independent Principal Program), which gives Toledo additional autonomy in spending, which positions we keep, etc. Also hopefully gives us some additional ability to influence some of the decisions which may effect us differently as a Magnet school. He gave an example of the change in some sports programs. They intended to send kids to Taft but since we source from kids across the city that didn’t work for us.
      • Network meeting on the expansion to a K-2 cluster (autism) program. Room 101 is going to be moving to the cafeteria 110, and 101 will be the new destination for the k-2 cluster program. Mainly this is due to the bathroom and the ability to have access for the kids who have a greater need.
      • Why this cluster program?
        • Continuity: Allows us to create a k-8 program. Right now we have transfers of students which we’re not equipped to handle coming out of other programs. This gives us a greater opportunity to place kids correctly and earlier on.
        • This should improve outcomes for both students and faculty.
      • 3 teachers going to PBL training at IMSA, Thaker, Knudsen, Bushly
      • PPC Meeting to determine schedules:
        • Start and end times will remain 7:30-2:30
        • Teachers voted to roll 30 minute teacher directed prep periods into three teacher directed PD days.
        • Teachers voted against monthly meetings, opting instead for a professional development day at the end of the year. This was instead of either 6 sixty minute meetings or 8 45 minute meetings. Toledo highlighted this as another place where time was lost for admin and staff to meet.
      • Network Meeting
        • EL audit. Found compliance, but raised concerns on a couple of students in the gifted primary who were not receiving adequate ESL minutes.
      • Curriculum overview was completed.
      • Bilingual advisory committee
        • First meeting on the 14th, headed by Ms. Arredondo
  • Old Business
    • 100 Year Anniversary
      • Jason has over 100 people signed up on the alumni page.
      • Talked through some of the information he’d found on the history.
      • Also introduced some thoughts on developing some in house theatre arts programs to expand access to the theater program.
      • Still working out the details of how we’re going to manage the fundraising relative to this.
    • LSC Advisory Committee Election
      • No results as of yet.
  • New Business
    • Organizational meeting
      • Needs to be scheduled within the first 14th days in July. Will be putting together a doodle to cover those dates.
    • Summer programs:
      • Offering paid programs to folks who have already inquired and signed up for Thorp TV/Science. Due to budgetary constraints this is being limited to those families that have already inquired.
  • Public Participation/Announcements
    • Ms. Galligan
      • Encourage parents to contact their representatives push to get a budget passed and funding reform.
      • Some of our air conditioners are starting to fail and down to one air conditioner in some rooms making it extremely uncomfortable. Suggested some fundraising for revisiting the air conditioning.
        • Mr. T referenced a cost of roughly $500 for a unit and $1100 for installation, additional $1000 for electrical work. Needs ~42-43 units. About $112k total.
        • Discussion of some potential alternative approaches to reuse the masking etc. Toledo also discussed prioritizing positions over facilities in the current budgetary regime.
  • Adjourn Debbie/George, unanimous