Ray School Local School Council Meeting
July 18, 2016 @ 6:15pm, Ray cafeteria
Call to order & LSC roll call. Attendees: Megan Thole, Silvia Arbelaez-Ellis, Kara Scott, Ramona Burress, Andy Carter, Fran Grossman, Scott Shurtliff, Megan Kruis, Sonia Vergara. Absent: Eleni Lemberis, Anita Walker. Total: 9, Quorum met. Begun at 6:15pm.
Approve agenda. Silvia: Suggested adding 3A: Move to Closed Session if needed.
Principal report. Sonia joined at 6:25pm.
Fran: We can vote and I also want to have a letter that goes to CPS to say this budget is unacceptable. We can write a letter. I want something that can be picked up to write about our children but also other community children.
Scott: I share same sentiment on CPS budgeting. I also think we should advocate for Ray to get appropriate funds. If you want to bring a ready wording with a specific proposal, then I will look at it.
Fran: I hear what you are saying, and we could have something for next meeting.
Silvia: I think we should vote because we don’t have anything ready.
Ramona: I’d like to revisit the bucket positions because I’d rather lose a special than lose the security that Mr. Walker and Mr. Washington provided.
Megan: I would be concerned to take the Arts Position. I asked for an Arts Position to be funded. Then if we cut that position… If we close a Specials Position then they have qualifications and tenure and they could bump another teacher out. As for the Career Services, we could vote on a small amount of money at the beginning of the year and then allocate more as we have funding available.
Megan K: Are the Career Services also part of Restorative Justice practice?
Megan: Yes. Next meeting is August 11th.
Fran: I want something that speaks to respecting our Principal and the community of kids.
Katie G: I can help.
Megan: All the online subscriptions (last year $15,000), no money for it. Hyde Park Art Center, Children’s Choir. These are the programs we cannot do to lack of funding.
Fran: Can we get a listing of the online subscriptions?
Silvia: What else are we losing?
Megan: HP Arts Center – $3,600; Children’s Choir – $6,000. We could also have them fee-based and then have a scholarship.
Vote for budget. Scott: I motion to vote for the budget as is on page 4. And if additional funding does not come through, we will close the grant-based Arts position. Andy Seconded.
All in favor: 7; No: 2: Abstain: 0.
Katie G: Went to a meeting and Sarah Karp suggested and encouraged LSC’s to support principal and also to take elected positions seriously to go public with what is happening.
Any SGSA rollover?
Megan: We have about $12,000.
Ended Meeting at 7:30 pm