Friends Of Hancock Park School Minutes – October 9, 2014

Hancock Park School

School Site Council Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2014


Meeting Attendees:

Cherie McDermott, Chair

Ashley Parker, Vice Chair

Michael Do, Secretary

Sue Zabloudil, Parlimentarian

Victoria Yoon, Member

Catherine Baek, Member

Beverly Glass, Member

Gary Blond, Member

Kathy Wien, Member

David Rodriguez, Member

Larry Tynan, Member

Reyna Hadar, Guest

Deborah Glass, Guest

Not Present

Mark Harelik, Member

Bill Hochhaus, Member

Mary Melendez, Member

Opening the Meeting

Chairperson McDermott called the meeting to order at 2:47 p.m.

Chairperson McDermott tabled the approval of the minutes from the September 2014 meeting, as their preparation had not been completed.

There were no changes or questions regarding the minutes from the May 15, 2014 meeting. D. Rodriguez moved to approved those minutes. V. Yoon seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Principal’s Report

Native Plant Project Update: Principal Parker reported that the update on the Native Plant Project is being postponed until the next meeting on November 3, 2014 because M. Harelik is out of town and is not able to report.

iPad Testing Update: Principal Parker reported that update meetings are to be held the week of October 20. A reference was made to Computer Adaptive Testing. Principal Parker wanted to ensure that all understand Computer Adaptive Testing. She referred those who wanted more information to a link at Go to Student Test, then to Smarter Balanced.

Chairperson McDermott inquired about the wireless systems at HPS. Mrs. Parker indicated that our current equipment does not support the upgraded wifi. Teachers shared information about their experiences with wifi and school technology.

Joe Oliver, Director of the LAUSD Information Technology Division indicated that 35 iPads will be available for use during testing next spring and for use outside of the testing window. We will be given iPads based on enrollment. He indicated that iPads should arrive at school by mid-November.

McDermott asked about updates for our school-based hardware to accommodate testing. It is unclear what technical support HPS will receive.

There is a K-12 voucher program where each school receives funds to purchase technology, however, this is for Title I schools only. C. McDermott wondered if we should contact School Board Member Steve Zimmer to inquire about technology for non-Title I schools.

Classroom computers are 12 years old. Computer lab computers are about 5 years old. Some classroom computers are no longer performing, as they are wearing out, or are no longer able to interface with newer software programs. C. McDermott asked that ARC Designs be asked whether some of the interface problem could be remedied with an operating system upgrade.

Mrs. Parker indicated her desire for an update and further discussion of this topic at the November meeting.

School Dismissal Gate Safety Issues: In response to the ongoing congestion at dismissal the Ogden gate has been reopened with Youth Services Coach Jocelyn monitoring. Both the Ogden and Colgate gates are monitored at dismissal.

The Ross Dress for Less parking lot is again available to parents during pick-up and drop-off. Before 8:30 am daily, 2:15-2:45 pm Monday and Wednesday-Friday, and 1:15-1:45 pm Tuesday, parents may park in the Ross lot and walk their children to school.

Parents will be notified via e-Blast and hard copy.

A question was raised about campus access for parents after school. The main concern was student safety.

UTLA Update

UTLA representative, Larry Tynan, reported that rumors that Superintendent Deasy would be retiring or fired were unfounded. His annual review is to take place on October 21st. At that time, the school board will vote on his continued employment.

MISIS is still not working properly at all schools. The ACLU has sued the district over MISIS on behalf of Jefferson HS.

Negotiation of the teachers’ contract is ongoing. The District has offered a guaranteed 2% raise for this year and next. UTLA has rejected this offer and countered with a 10% permanent raise. Additionally, the union has asked for restoration of nurses, arts, libraries and class-size reduction (2008 levels).

November 4 State-wide election: UTLA supports Tom Torlakson for re-election. A question was asked about UTLA’s position on Prop. 2 – Rainy Day Fund. UTLA does not have an official position.

Friends of Hancock Park School

Friends of Hancock Park School President, Reyna Hadar reported good news that as the result of successful fundraising FoHPS, with the approval of the Board, would be able to reinstate or fully fund several programs previously cut or partially funded. In addition to others, these include Kinder Art and Music (30 weeks), Spirit Series (5th grade), Black History Month Storytelling Assembly, and Bus Field Trips (2 per child).

The International Heritage Carnival will take place on October 25. This will be in lieu of the Spring Family Fun Day. Posters to advertise the event will go up next week. The Carnival is from 11 am – 4 pm. The performances will take place from 3:00-3:45 and the parade of nations will be from 3:45-4:00.

Book Fair Fundraiser with Barnes & Noble will be on December 6. In addition to receiving funds for purchases, teachers will receive an addition percentage savings on their purchases (Teacher Appreciation Day) and the stage on the upper floor will be available for student performances. Barnes & Noble is providing a coordinator to make sure the event will be successful. We will receive funds for online and in-store purchases on December 6 and for three days following.

Walk-a-thon will be on February 4, 2015. This event is intended for the students secure sponsors for their efforts. It is not meant to be another ask to our HPS parents.

After February 4, there will be no further requests for money by FoHPS.

Spirit T-shirts will be available for sale at the Heritage Carnival.

Public Comments

There was a question about the change in funding at the local school level. Mrs. Parker explained that since our last budget discussion in spring of last year, we have received two additional sources of district funds. The first is for non-Title I schools and is linked to specific target populations. It is about $78,000 and will enable HPS to pay for classroom aides without additional assistance from FoHPS.

The second is carryover funds due to great staff attendance during the 2013-14 school year. Because these funds are based on attendance and the per pupil funding formula they are not guaranteed from year to year. They will be used to fund new technology, Mr. Dell’Amico’s (Testing and English Language Program Coordinator) salary, additional psychologist staff time, implementation of Common Core State Standards, differentiation and GATE programs, as well as reserving some funds.

There was enthusiastic discussion that Mrs. Parker acquire additional administrative staff to assist her. Mrs. Parker noted that staffing decisions are carefully made and that an investment is made in each new staff member. She is concerned about losing staff. Currently, both her AP and APEIS are eligible for any open principal positions.

Chairperson McDermott adjourned the 4:00 pm.




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Beverly Glass, Secretary                                Cherie McDermott, SSC Chairperson





Ashley Parker, SSC Vice Chairperson