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Minutes from July 2010 Organizing Meeting

6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 12 in the cafeteria

1. Call to order

Bernadette and past chair Ray Lodato called the meeting to order.

2. Temporary Secretary

Chris Dorsey, past secretary, was appointed temporary secretary

3. Roll Call

Present were: Angela Walker, Community; Ken Schug, Community; Crystal Watson, Parent; Gordon Mayer, Parent; Julie Vassilatos, Parent; Karen Macklin, Parent; Ray Lodato, Parent; Maria Piscitelli, Teacher; Will Walter, Teacher, and Bernadette Butler, Principal

4. Agenda

Karen Macklin motioned we approve the agenda. Gordon Seconded.

Discussion: Ray asked if we needed to discuss by-laws committee; it was discussed that the by-laws were aged and not electronic (apparently they date to the original LSC). Ken agreed to either scan and email minutes to members or to bring a copy in for Bernadette to scan and email to members before next meeting.

Motion Carried unamimously.

5. Approval of previous minutes

Chris reported minutes from the last and several previous meetings were prepared and in his computer but since members were unaware of contents it was agreed to defer approval of minutes from past meetings to next meeting; Chris agreed to distribute minutes by email to LSC members prior to next meeting.

6. Nominations and selection of chair

Karen and Chris both indicated willingness to be considered. Ray motioned that a paper ballot be held to count the votes for each candidate. Maria seconded. Ray tallied ballots and announced vote 7 to 4 in favor of Karen.

7. Nomination and Selection of Secretary

Bernadette motioned that Gordon be secretary. Maria seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

8. Nomination and Selection of Vice chair

Crystal and Julie both indicated willingness to serve as vice chair. Ray motioned that a paper ballot be held to decide the winner. Angela seconded. Karen tallied ballots and announced vote 7 to 4 in favor of Crystal.

9. Other officers

It was decided that the only other position necessary is the semi-official job of timekeeper. Gordon volunteered to take on this role as secretary.

10. Set Dates, Time, and Location of Regular Monthly Meetings

Bernadette noted we need to meet before school starts to vote on some budget-related items. We set 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 26 as a special meeting at school to vote on these items. Meeting location will remain the same as in previous years, the teacher’s lunchroom.

Ray motioned that we again meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (or the following Wednesday if that Monday is a holiday), alternating between longer evening and shorter morning meetings throughout the year, as follows:

Day of Week Time Month
Monday 6:30 p.m. September 13, 2010
Wednesday (Monday is Columbus
8 a.m. October 13, 2010
Monday 6:30 p.m. November 8, 2010
Monday 8 a.m. December 13, 2010
Monday 6:30 p.m. January 10, 2011
Monday 8 a.m. February 14, 2011
Monday 6:30 p.m. March 14, 2011
Monday 8 a.m. April 11, 2011
Monday 6:30 p.m. May 9, 2011
Monday 8 a.m. June 13, 2011

Seconded by Maria.

Discussion: Members committed to arrive on time or even a little bit early for 8 a.m. meetings since teachers must often leave at 9 a.m. sharp to get to their classrooms. It was noted that morning meetings have drawn some teacher participation but generally attendance by non-LSC members has been low. Members agreed to work to increase participation by school community members this year.

Motion carried unanimously.

Julie motioned that we hold a special meeting to vote on budget items at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 26. Second, Angela. Motion carried unanimously.

11. Committees

Ray Lodato reported last year we had 7 LSC Committees: Facilities (Eric Chua, past chair); Vision & Priorities/SIPAA/Budget; Principal Evaluation; PPLC ; Bilingual Ed; Special Ed; Technology. Members clarified that non-LSC members can serve on and even chair these committees as long as at least one LSC member is on each committee. Two are mandatory: PPLC: mandated by state law. The teachers meet to advise LSC on the curriculum. Last year this committee included the curriculum team leaders, teacher reps on LSC, and Bilingual: mandated by state because we run an ESL program but Maria explained it’s up in the air since we only have .5 of a program staff funded at this moment

Crystal motioned Will chair Bilingual Committee Chair. Chris Dorsey seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Bernadette motioned Maria chair PPLC Committee. Gordon Seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

12. Materials Distributed by Bernadette

Bernadette distributed the current SIPAA. The budget is on p.p. 17-27, she noted. In addition a regular budget will be distributed at our next meeting (central office is still working on the budgets, ours is not ready yet). She also distributed is a table of account codes & program codes. She also distributed a tentative org chart—highlighting that it is very tentative and not for distribution as yet, since we do not have our full budget yet. So far we have been given back 3 positions as well as 1 kindergarten position, she said. One teacher on the list may not be returning.

13. Bylaws

Angela asked that we reconsider our earlier decision not to create bylaws committee. We agreed to revisit after taking a look at what the current bylaws say.

14. Other

Chris raised our need for one other volunteer to be the LSC FOIA person. Gordon volunteered to do it.

Angela raised that at past meetings LSC members had committed to read How to Walk to School about Nettlehorst School; it was agreed that we would discuss the book at the next meeting.

15. Adjournment

Chris motioned that we adjourn. Bernadette seconded. Carried unanimously.

Minutes submitted by Gordon Mayer, Secretary.

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