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Minutes- June 8, 2017

Ray School Local School Council Meeting

Thursday, June 8, 2017 @6:00 pm, Ray cafeteria


  • Call to order & LSC roll call

Attendees: Megan Thole, Ramona Burress (Chair), Kara Scott, Sonia Vergara, Ronisha Preckwinkle, Anita Walker,  Megan Kruis, Andy Carter.  Absent: Scott Shurtliff, Silvia Arbelaez-Ellis, Eleni Lemberis, Fran Grossman

Total: 8, Quorum met.  Begun at 6:00pm

  • Approve agenda.
  • Principal report; votes on budget and related items.
  1. Reviewed NWEA EOY scores.
  2. Attendance: Many have gone on vacations in the last week.  We are consistent at 94.8% but close at 95%.
  3. Enrollment: Still monitoring and reviewing whether to accept off the waitlist, especially for Kindergarten.  Still looking to see Shoesmith 7th and 8th  Now Shoesmith and Ray boundaries only allow for students coming to 7th and 8th grade.  The big issue for this was Attendance.
  4. My School My Voice: the categories evaluation were similar to last year. We also give the evaluations to the middle school throughout the year and get more positive feedback throughout the year.  So we can look into that.
  5. Summer School – we got preliminary numbers which has 9 kids attending. This is based on Reading and Math scores and the CPS promotion policy.
  6. Events: 8th Grade went to Springfield, 6:30am to 9pm.  They had a great time.  3rd Grade play happened last week. June 16 is the Kindergarten Play, June 19th is 8th Grade Graduation and the Whole School Talent Show, and June 20 is last day of school and the School-wide Play.  Raised over $25,000 in the Walkathon!  Which will go to 3 HPNC and 1-2 new water fountains.
  7. Technology: CPS donated 30 Chromebooks to Ray (adding to their May donation of 50 desktops) as part of the Technology dept.
  8. Budget: we have not a lot of money and indeed can’t pay for anything until August.
  9. Human Resources. There are a few staff leaving:  Heiser from pre-K is moving to St. Louis; Ms. Woodbury is moving to the suburbs; Ms. Breit is retiring.  A teacher joined us in December but moved to Minnesota.  We are currently hiring and some informal offers but will have to wait until a budget.
  • LSC announcements, including committee reports if applicable: Andy:  This Saturday is a Garden Workday with a hot dog roast and it should be fun.  Megan K:  Our family is moving to Minnesota and so I am stepping down from the LSC position.
  • Public Comment: Flynne Crawford from HPKCC in to see if there is interest from Ray to bring in the WhistleSTOP program.  So I am coming in to see if you all think that this may be a good idea.

Megan:  Did this program happen when there were the blue light/telephone boxes?  Maybe we should teach the kids about using the telephone boxes.  Other conversation ensued about the program.

  • Approve for July 6 meeting at 5:30 and 6pm.
  • Vote to approve previous minutes. Anita motions to approve the minutes (January – May 2017), Andy seconds.  All in Favor and Passes.
  • Adjourn. End 6:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Kara Scott

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