Ray Elementary Local School Council
Thursday, October 8th @6:15 pm, Ray cafeteria
I. Call to Order & Roll Call. Attendees: Scott Shurtliff, Jenny Wejman (arrived at 6:20p), Silvia Arbelaez-Ellis, Mosea Harris, Megan Thole, Eleni Lemberis (arrived at 6:30pm), Ramona Burress, Kara Scott, Cynthia Horth, Andy Carter. Absent: Fran Grossman, Chris Allen. Begun: 6:15p. Total: 8 (Quorum met).
II. Approve Agenda
Mosea moved to approve the agenda, Ramona Seconded. Vote in Favor: Unanimous (8).
Jenny arrived at 6:20p (Total: 9)
Scott: The discrepancy is based on what Ray calls Special Ed vs. what CPS considers Special Ed Students.
Megan: Proposal for the 115 funds (pg. 3 on Principal Report). The $79,916 funds would be distributed as follows: $56,000 for Safety/Security Personnel; $10,000 for Technology Support -CUIP; $3,600 for Hyde Park Arts (5th-8th); $5,000 for Professional Development; $5,316 for Supplies.
Scott motioned to accept the Spending Proposal of $79,916. Andy Seconded. Vote in Favor: Unanimous (10).
Internal Accounts proposal (on pg. 5 of Principal Report) of $8,550 for Ray Staff-Led After-School Proposal for the year; and $3,500 to supplement the Ray partnership programs after school (the goal of which is to have a student “pay no more than $8 or $10 per class”); and $3,000 for Reading Materials (K-8).
Andy motioned to move $8,550 for after-school programming. Eleni Seconded. Vote in Favor: Unanimous (10). Kara motioned to move $3,500 from internal accounts for supplementing Ray’s partnership programming after school. Cynthia seconded. Vote in favor: Unanimous (10) Scott moved to approve $3,000 for Reading Materials. Andy seconded. Vote in favor: Unanimous (10).
Silvia: How much do you want to spend from internal accounts?
Megan: We had an audit done on internal accounts. They suggested to spend all but 20% of the account. We as an LSC can decide what the internal accounts can be paid for, within the guidelines of CPS.
f. PPLC (Jenny Wejman). We brought students’ Writing Samples. At our next meeting, we will work on how to Grade the writing. We are intersted in having a Tech Committee because there is a lot of digital possibilities but we need help to work out the glitches in our computers. It looks like someone from CUIP can now help us.
g. Facilities (Christopher Allen, absent). David: Met with Chris about snow-blowing. There are a few things: 1. Snowblower is getting fixed and should last this year. 2) There is an overnight cleaning crew. They are supposed to plow if the snow falls overnight, but sometime they don’t. 3) Looking for weekend and overnight plans.
Fran: Can we get snowblower use from the building close by or Jack Spicer for use by Parent Volunteers?
We could also call the Network Chief (Gerald Washington) to pressure Aramark to do the overnight snow plowing work.
Mosea: Is their specification on what is covered by the Aramark contract?
Megan: We are still getting the contract. We could also pay someone from Internal Accounts if we need to.
i. Safety & Security (David Adams). Talking to Ms. Breit on having honors students help with the Kiss-N-Go in the morning.
V. Opportunity for Public Comment*
Are you familiar with Literary Companies? Read It Up Chicago is one group. They are trying to get books into students’ hands.
Thoughts on helping financially the partnerships after-school programs, If there is 30% free and reduced lunch, can we make it 30% of scholarships for afterschool programs?
Megan (parent): Even $5/ session is too much. It is hard to limit it to that.
Approved: November 12, 2015