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Friends Of Hancock Park School Minutes – September 17, 2015

Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District-West

Hancock Park School

School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, September 17, 2015

2:45 pm – Room 36


I. Call to Order:

  • The meeting was called to order at 2:52pm by Chairperson Mark Harelik.

II. Attendance:

  • Present: School Site Council (“SSC“) Members constituting a quorum were present: Mark Harelik, Chair; Ashley Parker, Principal/Vice-Chair; Karen Hollis, Member; Christine Choi, Secretary; Beverly Glass, Member; Deborah Glass, Member; Larry Tynan, Member; Laurie Assael, Member;
  • Barbara Gallen, Member; Ana Fabian, Member; Alice Shin, Member; Greg Apo, Member; Eunho Lee, Member; Gloria Shen, Member.
  • Guests: Urszule Shah

III. Approval of Minutes

  • A motion to approve the SSC meeting minutes from Thursday May 14, 2015, was made, seconded and unanimously approved upon recommendation by the 2014-2015 members of the SSC.

IV. Introduction of School Site Council Members and Guests

  • Members of the SSC and guest introduced themselves.

V. Review of Official School Site Council Members Roster

  • Harelik explained the roster and members and guest signed-in.

VI. SCC Orientation Presentation

  • Harelik gave an in-depth SSC Orientation Presentation. He read a document titled, “An Introduction to the School Site Council.”
    • Ashley Parker noted that some of the information shared in the article may not be relevant due to ongoing statewide changes in the system of testing student achievement. Updated information will be shared at the next SSC meeting.
    • Harelik shared a handout titled “Online Hancock Park School Resources, a guide to the two main websites that will give SSC members information needed to assess our students’ academic performance and growth.”
    • Greg Apo asked if the Single Plan for Student Achievement is online. Mrs. Parker answered that it is not, however, a copy is always available for review in the main office.

VII. SSC Meeting Schedule 2015-2016

  • Members discussed time and dates for the 2015-2016 SCC meetings. Deborah Glass motioned to approve SSC Meeting Schedule 2015-2016. Karen Hollis seconded the motion. The motion passed with the notes indicated in the schedule for the meeting dates on 11/19, 4/21 and 5/19. (See Schedule A attached hereto.)

VIII. Principal’s Report

  • Safe School Plan Vols. 1, 2 & 3, Due October 1, 2015
    • Parker introduced Mrs. Hollis, chair of the School Safety Committee, and indicated Mrs. Hollis will review the components of the comprehensive Safe School Plan (a coordinated safe and healthy school plan) and seek input from parent stakeholders.
    • The Earthquake Drill will occur on October 15, 2015 at 10:15am. Parents are invited to participate in the district wide earthquake drill.   The drill is intended to help our school implement the emergency procedures and identify areas that need improvement.
  • Student Enrollment
    • Last year’s student enrollment at this time: approx. 830 students.
    • Current student enrollment: approx. 721 students.
    • The decrease in enrollment was due in part to the district’s effort to “right size” our school to alleviate the overcrowding experienced last year, which resulted in the use of the library and a small office as classrooms. The district relocated one of our special ed. classes (12 students) to 3rd Street Elementary School and our transitional kindergarten students (30 students) to Rosewood Elementary.
    • Hancock Park Elementary is still considered an “Impacted School.” The applicants from our school for Choices, the magnet application program, are awarded additional points for participating in the program. Many of our families submitted applications last year in an effort to accrue “waitlist points,” which resulted in their child being accepted into these magnet programs. This also was a factor in reducing our student enrollment.
    • We currently have and will endeavor to maintain 29 teachers this school year. We have high enrollment in 1st grade and low enrollment in 4th If we go over the maximum class size of 27 in the primary grades, we may have to reorganize.
  • Supper Program Update
    • Parker expressed a concern regarding waste produced from the Supper Program. The district identified our school as appropriate for the supper program. Our youth services coach offers boxed suppers to our students in the after school program with much of the suppers being uneaten and discarded.

IX. Safe School Plan Overview (Surveys)

  • Hollis reported on the Safety Committee and explained we are responsible for completing a Safe School Plan. There are 3 volumes to the plan, which is mandated by the State of California.
    • Volume 1 – Coordinated Safe and Healthy School Assessment Plan: Asked for parent volunteers to fill out the surveys by 9/24. Barbara Gallen, Mr. Apo and Ana Fabian volunteered.
    • Volume 2 – Emergency Procedures: Asked for a parent volunteer to participate on our school safety committee. Ms. Gallen volunteered. Safety Committee meets 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:40am in room 32.
    • Volume 3 – Intervention and Recovery

X. UTLA Update

  • Larry Tynan, the school’s UTLA Representative, reported the following
    • UTLA is still in the process of negotiating new teachers’ contracts with LAUSD, which expired in 2011.
    • The current teachers’ health insurance plan is up for renewal after December 2016. Upon renewal, LAUSD has expressed plans to reduce teachers’ healthcare coverage, which was previously reduced earlier this year.
    • Although teachers received a small raise, LAUSD also increased teachers’ pension contributions by 2¼%. Teachers do not get Social Security. We have our own pension system called Caltrs.
    • UTLA was able to negotiate a decrease in class size.
      • Elementary School: A cap was added to the number of students.
      • Grade 4/5 = 30.5 average, absolute cap is 34 this year. Next school year, 27 average, absolute cap is 30.

VI. Friends of Hancock Park School Update

  • Harelik share minutes from Friends of Hancock Park School’s (“FOHPS”) first meeting held on September 10, 2015:
    • Tonight is the first family diner night at Andres. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Hancock Park Elementary.
    • Room parents are coordinated by FOHPS.
      • Of the 32 classes at Hancock Park, 2 classes still required room parents.
      • For the first time, room parent manuals will be prepare and distributed.
    • The Annual Giving Campaign has raised $175,000, which will continue until they reach the goal of $250,000.
    • On September 25, 2015, there will be a drawing for Disneyland tickets.
    • There will be a reduced number of fundraisers this year. Last year, many parents expressed frustration with the number of requests for donations.
    • The Walk-a-Thon will be held on the 100th day of school.
    • Morning drop-off is coordinated by FOHPS. Each class is assigned one week to be in charge of the drop-off, and each family in that class is asked to donation one day to show up early morning to help out with drop-off.
    • There are currently 4 vacant positions in FOHPS.
      • A representative to contact Ralphs and Amazon
      • A yearbook staff volunteer
      • Someone to sell banners that we have on our fence
      • A chair for the Korean PTA

VII. Public Comments/ Open Floor Discussion

  • There were no questions or comments.

VIII. Adjournment

  • Beverly Glass motioned to adjourn the meeting and Deborah Glass seconded at 4:19pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Christine Choi, Secretary.

Schedule A

2015/16 School Site Council Meeting Schedule

  1. Thursday, September 17, 2015   @ 2:45pm, Room 36
  2. Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 2:45pm, Room 36
  3. Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 2:45pm, Room 36 (Parent Conferences this week, SSC mtg. may be cancelled if not needed.)
  4. Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 2:45pm, Room 36
  5. Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 2:45pm, Room 36
  6. Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 2:45pm, Room 36
  7. Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 2:45pm, Room 36 (Only if needed for EL Waiver, Budget or other items requiring SSC review/approval.)
  8. Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 2:45pm, Room 36 (Only if needed for EL Waiver, Budget or other items requiring SSC review/approval.