Parent Council Meeting Minutes
May 6, 2010
6:30 pm Media Center
Board members present: Julia Janousek (chair and Marcy Family Network facilitator); Lisa Hondros (secretary, leadership representative); Sarah Tittle (treasurer), Sidney Orchard (parent liaison), Tamara Schierkolk (MAP Coordinator)
Admin/teachers present: Donna Andrews (principal), Pat Bowles (teacher)
1. Special requests:
a. Primary Team (presented by Pat Bowles, Room 108)
Request: $1500 to help defray cost of auxiliary reading instruction to ten classrooms
Pat’s Presentation (with handout) included:
Dyslexia study – 1 out of 5 kids has dyslexia; early intervention important
Marcy Primary Team experience: Two years ago, group of 6 students struggling with reading; Pat started a Reading Mastery recess group; Julie Pluimer (Experience Corps volunteer in a classroom) observed success of recess group and wanted to learn Reading Mastery; following year, the team increased # of Reading Mastery groups to 3 groups of 6; District’s 08-09 Grade One Assessment showed 20% increase in scores; helping struggling readers also frees up time for teachers to address needs of other students.
Funding: At matching grant stage of Experience Corps program (matched by United Way). Last year, school budget had the $1500. No $ in the school budget this year. Discussion of Parent Council putting $1500 into Principal’s Fund to cover the cost.
Motion made to pass the request.
ACTION: Motion passed unanimously.
b. Amy Johnson Request for a French assistant ($2500)
Discussion of presentation made by Amy at the last PC meeting and consideration of pros (benefit to having a native French speaker) and cons (assistant would only have 10 minutes per week in elementary grades; classes are already smaller in middle school; concern that PC could not afford to add assistants in other classes).
Motion made to deny request on the basis that it doesn’t serve enough students and unfair impact on teacher/student ratios in other classes.
ACTION: Motion passed unanimously.
2. Principal’s Report (Donna)
Kindergarten Round-up was tonight; school popular, long waiting list, concern that district has underestimated how many students will be here in the Fall.
College Day for 5-8 graders went well.
Peace Day went well; students excited about activities.
Confirmed that Donna will be principal next year; Susan is retiring, and
Carl Wilson, currently at Cityview, will be our assistant principal next year. He’s been assistant principal in the district many years.
Teachers: 0.7 Science teacher posted; 2.0 autism teachers; 1.0 ESL/Reading Specialist (currently Marcy has 2 ESL positions, one will become ESL/Reading Specialist and we lose the other position); and 0.4 Phy. Ed.
3. Leadership Report (Lisa)
a. Summary of Minutes from 4-12-2010 Meeting (4-28 Meeting canceled)
“Marcy Open School emphasizes academic scholarship and personal development, with focus on integrity, leadership, life long learning and active citizenship in a culturally diverse society.”
Treats in the classrooms
Role of leadership
Field trip to Alfie Kohn – Focus on Open
Began as Marcy, Barton and South Open, Augsburg expanded to the public (seats 500)
b. Discussion at Parent Council Meeting
(1) Reorganization of Leadership
GOAL: Inclusion and communication
Seeking a potential forum for all groups (Parent Council, Leadership, MAP) to meet together.
Barton invited us to join them at a Leadership meeting. Barton does not have separate Parent Council. Many parents on Leadership. Barton has a foundation set up to do fundraising.
COMMENTS: How would this work in terms of legal structure of these entities, for example, Parent Council is currently a separate legal entity. We should get some advice on governance issues.
IDEA - Research Burroughs, Seward, Barton, Waite Park, etc to see how they are organized
(2) Wellness Policy
Issue: food as reward for academic work or good behavior
District guideline says no; Donna will raise issue with staff
4. Celebrate NE Parade – Marcy will be in it again this summer
5. MAP report (Tamara)
Gala raised about $40,000; expenses just a little higher to comply with city food and liquor rules ($6500); city inspector did show up.
Next meeting May 12 at 3:15 (Room 309). Committee will hear proposals for artist residencies, including an all-school residency for music.
6. Treasurer’s Report (Sarah)
Labyrinth will get its own line beginning next year
Annual fund behind budget
Plant sale costs not in yet
Special requests – about $3000 remaining
7. Board Elections for 2010-11 Board
Chair: Julia Janousek
Vice Chair: Donna Sanders
Treasurer: Amy Orris
Secretary: Lisa Hondros
Leadership Officer: Sarah Tittle
8. Next Meeting will be a Board Meeting on June 3
Meetings for 2010-11 will be on staggered days
Meeting adjourned at 7:55p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Lisa Hondros (serving as secretary)
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