School Site Council Meeting – Regular Meeting 2014-2015
Thursday, September 18, 2014
2:45 p.m. – Room 36
October 9, 2014
November 13, 2014
December 11, 2014
January 15, 2015
February 12, 2015
March 5, 2015
April 9, 2015
May 14, 2015
a. Safe School Plan Vols. 1, 2 & 3
b. Student Enrollment:
c. New Instructional Staff:
d. Breakfast Program Update: Breakfast in the Classroom for the 2014/2015 school year is not available. The School will follow the nutrition education efforts of educating students and parents on good nutrition. The School sent home notices with students advising that breakfast would not be provided to students and Principal Parker has only received one inquiry as of the date of this meeting regarding the program. Members inquired as to whether there was a mechanism for determining whether a student has or has not had breakfast. In response, Principal Parker advised that the School is relying on faculty and staff observation of students to determine whether a student has not received breakfast outside of the School and that nutritious snacks are available in Principal Parker’s office in the event a student did not eat prior to arriving at the School.
e. Questions: Principal Parker inquired as to whether anyone had any further questions regarding the Principal’s Report. Seeing none, the School Site Council moved to the next report.
8. Safe School Plan Vol. 1 Overview and Surveys:
a. Surveys. Debbie Glass, Chair of the Safety Committee reported on the Safety Committee and explained the surveys required to be submitted for the Prevention – Volume 1 – Coordinated Safe and Healthy School Assessment Practices. Surveys were distributed to those parent members present at the meeting. The surveys need to be submitted, anonymously, to Debbie Glass by September 26, 2014. Debbie Glass also advised that although the applications are anonymous, that she is available to answer any questions. Cherie McDermott provided additional information regarding her experiences with completion of the application.
b. After School Student Pick Up:
c. Questions: Debbie Glass inquired as to whether anyone had any further questions. Seeing none, the School Site Council moved to the next report.
9. UTLA Update: Larry Tynan, Teacher and UTLA Representative reported the following:
a. MISIS. My Integrated Student Information System (MISIS) continues to have problems. UTLA has requested the elimination of the gradebook component of MISIS.
b. iPads. As a result of favoritism concerns as indicated in the news, Superintendent John Deasy has ordered the contracts for iPads and digital curriculum to be rebid. The impact of this rebidding and the delay it will cause is yet unknown. Currently, the School has 30 tablets that are in storage and cannot be utilized. Members and guests raised concerns about the implementation and use of the iPads in connection with the standardized testing, including, among others, (i) when practice tests were being conducted, students had to continually relog in because of screen saver settings; (ii) one of the reasons for taking the tests electronically was to allow for the system to automatically assess a student’s level and increase the level of testing to be commensurate with the student’s level, but the test no longer does this; and (iii) that there is currently no paper/pencil alternative option. Catherine Oliphant commended the School in the education of her children and the balance of technology vs. traditional teaching methods utilizing handwriting, etc., but was concerned about requirements solely focusing on testing via technology. Parent Members and guests raised concerns about the lack of a plan/alternative for conducting the standardized testing if the iPads are not ready or properly tested. Parents with additional concerns should contact Steve Zimmer, the School’s LAUSD School Board Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org; 213.241.6387 or Ron Chandler, Chief Information Officer.
c. Union Negotiations. UTLA is in the process of negotiating a new contract with the LAUSD. Aside from the MISIS issues, UTLA is also negotiating, among other things, a pay increase. LAUSD’s proposal is a 2% one-time payment for 2013-2014, a 2% permanent increase for 2014-2015 and unguaranteed increases subject to budgetary constraints of 2% for 2015-2015 and 2.5% for 2016-2017. The LAUSD proposal does not take into account the required higher pension contributions of 2.5%. UTLA’s proposal includes a one-time 8% payment to compensate teachers for the salary cuts that occurred approximately several years ago in connection with mandatory furloughs, and an 8.5% increase. There have not been any cost of living increases for ULTA in the last six years.
d. Questions: Larry Tynan inquired as to whether anyone had any further questions regarding the Principal’s Report. Seeing none, the School Site Council moved to the next agenda item.
10. Friends of Hancock Park Elementary Update. Since there was no representative from Friends of Hancock Park Elementary that attended the last Friends of Hancock Park Elementary meeting, this report will be deferred to the next School Site Council Meeting. However, Cherie McDermott supplemented this agenda item by reporting that it was her understanding that the Annual Giving Program has raised approximately $150,000 and reminded everyone that that the International Heritage Carnival will be on October 25, 2014. Beverly Glass reported that parents had approached her with concerns that the Spring Carnival would not be occurring. The economics, including the inconsistency in revenue and dependency on sponsors as well as the need for additional parent volunteers was discussed among the members as to reasons for combining the two events.
11. Call to the Public for Questions and Comments. Aside from a request that the after school drop-off safety issues be included on the agenda for the October 9, 2014 School Site Council meeting, there were no further questions or comments.
12. Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 4: 30 P.M.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Michael Do, Secretary.
Secretary, Michael Do Chairperson, Cherie McDermott
Vice-Chairperson, Ashley Parker