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Welcome to the 2016-2018 Ray LSC

Welcome to the Ray Local School Council blog! On this site you will find information related to governance of our school including on this page the names and email contacts for current LSC members and our meeting calendar. Other pages have approved minutes from past meetings. We will post other information as appropriate.


What is the LSC for?

The primary responsibilities of LSCs include 1) approving how funds and resources are allocated, 2) developing and monitoring the annual school improvement plan, the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (formerly SIPAAA), and 3) evaluating the principal.

Learn more at the Chicago Public Schools  Web site.

Who is on the LSC?

The LSC is an elected group, made up of 6 parents, 2 teachers, 1 non-teaching staff representative, 2 representatives from the Hyde Park community where the school is located, and the principal. The LSC members serve two-year terms; the current term runs from July 2016 to June 2018. Ray School’s current LSC member are:


  • Silvia Arbelaez-Ellis, ellis.silvia@gmail.com, Chair
  • Kara Scott, karatiemann@yahoo.com, Secretary
  • Ronisha Preckwinkle, preckwinkle.r@gmail.com
  • John Rougeau, rougeau.john@gmail.com
  • Scott Shurtliff, sendscott@gmail.com
  • Keronn Walker, keronn@bigbaseballacademy.com

Staff & Teachers:

  • Eleni Lemberis, etlemberis@cps.edu
  • Sonia Vergara, svergara@cps.edu
  • Anita Walker, aywalker@cps.edu


  • Andy Carter, acarter@roosevelt.edu
  • Fran Grossman, frangrossman1@aol.com


  • Megan Thole, mmthole@cps.edu

When are the meetings?

Our meetings are open to all Ray School families, staff, and neighbors–please come, we’d love to have you! Public comment is always on the agenda and is an important part of each meeting.

Regular meetings will take place on the second Thursday of each month, with alternating times, either 6:00pm or 7:45 am.  The scheduled meetings for this school year are:  month (8/10, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14

August 10, 2017 at 6:00pm (Note: Evening)

September 14, 2017 at 7:45am (Note: Morning)

October 12, 2017 at 6:00pm (Note: Evening)

November 9, 2017 at 7:45am (Note: Morning)

December 14, 2017 at 6:00pm (Note: Evening)

January 11, 2018 at 7:45am (Note: Morning)

February 8, 2018 at 6:00pm (Note: Evening)

March 8, 2018 at 7:45am (Note: Morning)

April 12, 2018 at 6:00pm (Note: Evening)

May 10, 2018 at 7:45am (Note: Morning)

June 14, 2018 at 6:00pm (Note: Evening)

Official agendas for each meeting will be posted outside the office and/or on the front door of the school at 5631 S. Kimbark at least 48 hours prior to each meeting.  Generally, meetings are held at Ray School, in the cafeteria or the library.  Please check the posted meeting agenda for location (occasionally we are required to meet at a site other than Ray School).

Committees & By-Laws

You can download the Ray LSC By-laws (updated in December 2013) here.

If you’d like to see the 2016-2018 Continuous Improvement Work Plan, you may download it here.