Collaborative School Committee

The Collaborative School Committee

The Collaborative School Committee (CSC) is an elected advisory board at GW. Presently we have 14 active members: four students, four parents, four teachers, one community representative, and the principal.

The primary focus of the CSC is the development and implementation of the Unified Improvement Plan (UIP). To this end we help guide the school budget, staffing allocations, and school design, always with the goal of furthering the UIP.

 

CSC Members

The members of the CSC for the 2017-2018 school year are:

NAME POSITION TERM ENDS EMAIL
Scott Lessard Principal scott_lessard@dpsk12.org
Jay Clapper Parent  June 2018 jayclapper@me.com
Kittie Hooke Parent June 2018 khook@ngkf.com
Adam Haynes Parent June 2018 Adam.Haynes@glca.com
Ron Sherman Parent June 2018 rsherma@yahoo.com
Mary Jo Minogue Community Member June 2018 mjm1589@gmail.com
Jennifer Harkness-Quintana Teacher June 2019 jennifer_harkness-quintana@dpsk12.org
Kevin Vicente Teacher June 2018 kevin_vicente@dpsk12.org
Juliana Evans Teacher June 2019 Juliana_evans@dpsk12.org
Michael Wylde Teacher June 2019 Michael_wylde@dpsk12.org
Jake Fisher Student June 2018 jake.fisher00@comcast.net
Isabelle Maestas Student June 2018 izzymaestas@gmail.com
Shahad Mohieldin Student June 2018 (smohieldin2@gmail.com
Lucca Raabe Student June 2019 lucca.raabe@gmail.com

 

  • CSC Minutes 3/7/16

    ATTENDANCE

    Jose Martinez, Jay Clapper, Angela Danley, Renelle Weightman, Jack Fisher, Scott Lessard, Bryn Learned, Kevin Vicente, Mary Jo Minogue, and Kittie Hook.

    CALLED TO ORDER

    4:33pm

    MINUTES

    On-Going Business

    Budget

    $800,000 over- budget update………………………………………………………………………………………….Jose, Scott

    Scott Lessard: The district has figured out a way to “forgive” give George money that was overspent this year. $170,000 will not have to be budgeted; this was from the visit of our school to the board as well as the support from the community for the One George.

    • George received budget assistance of $100,000. $70,000 of this will be used for advisory.
    • Lessard requested and was granted an increase in an enrollment projection of 35 students, this equates to $152,000. Any part of this number of students that George doesn’t meet will have to be paid back next year. That puts 420,000 back in the GW budget for next year.
    • The worst-case scenario is that advisory will cost a lot- Scott has set aside $200,000 of this money for advisory. Only time that all freshmen are grouped together, academic support, and communication philosophy. George could accommodate these services that are provided in advisory through other programs such as AVID, Patriot Pairs, JROTC, and High School Business. Students could choose one of these other programs to receive these services and this would result in the cost of advisory being much lower because the students would be distributed across these other programs.
    • Based on the budget work, the Career Connect Program, will only be funded part time. So Gideon Geisel’s position will only be funded by the district part time. So now half of his position comes from George’s budget.
    • The district wanted additional “administrators.” We will have a Richie: someone who is going through their principal training. Currently Adria Tate works here part time and organizes professional development, and next year she will act as an administrator. This will allow George to gain back some of the support on the administration side.
    • This puts us at $320,000. That means that we have enough money to pay for another staff position. Mr. Lessard brought this to the Student Action Committee about where they believe George’s greatest need for teachers are. Counselor, dean, mild moderate, 0.5 world language, business, and English position. Eventually their unanimous response was to refill the dean position.

    Should the CSC make a recommendation for what position we should add back?

    • If we opt to refill a position, it has to be from a person who was RIBed
    • Discussion surrounding what the CSC believes is most necessary for refilling that position
    • The loss of a dean could be a very difficult thing to deal with
    • Martinez’s first choice: to refill a counselor position
    • Lessard’s first choice: to refill a counselor position- but we could leverage a dean to do some of that work if we do it correctly
    • Advisory, if done well, would offer the opportunity for counseling to be offered. This would reduce the load that counselors have and bring it back to about the number of students that they have now
    • A motion was made and passed to vote as to which members support refilling the dean or counselor position: 7 members voted for a dean and 1 voted for a counselor.
    • The CSC agrees that we would choose to bring a dean back first and a counselor back second if possible

    How did over budget occur?

    RIB update: George’s budget allows for one of the RIBed positions to be refilled because of the updates in the budget.

    Budget Assistance update- George received $100,000 in budget assistance, and $70,000 of this will be put towards advisory.

    One George update……………………………………………………………………………………Jose, Scott

    What has the committee done to increase neighborhood enrollment of students who choice out of GW, as this is a major component of One George’s mission?

    In addition to everything George is doing for recruitment, Mary can get names of students and households who live in the neighborhood but have opted out of coming to George Washington. So there will be another outreach to ask these students to reconsider coming to their neighborhood school of GW. They will also be going to the middle schools that have a large feeder program.

     

    Subcommittee Reports

    Auction…………………………………………………………………………………Jose

    They attempted to get together a while ago and Mr. Wollins made a decision to no longer be apart of that process. The committee decided to continue but because of many factors, they have decided to now work to set up a fall auction.

    Spirit………………………………………………………………………………… Kittie

    Still waiting to get together with all the student committees and programs. Many students showed up to take club photos last week.

    Employee of the Month…………………………………………………………… Barbara

    Award went to Elisa Regis-Marquetti! It was presented to her at a staff meeting.

     

    Old Business:

    Parent Shadowing (tabled item)………………………………………………………………Jose

    Parents wanted to come and shadow students at the school and follow a kid around. This could still be a possibility, but wondering whether the same concerns exist. There will be a meeting with all the volunteers that could be a good opportunity to get a feel for the response to this item. It was decided to take this item off the agenda.

    CSC Election 2016-17…………………………………………………………………….. Barbara

    Term limited or non-participating members:

    4 parent positions (Jay, Barbara, Mary Jo, Leslie)

    If we want to invite parents to participate then maybe we should wait until we have the new freshman parents and contact them. Jay will stay as a parent.

    1 classified (Renelle)

    1 Student (Hezekiah)

    Desire to open up this to more of a general population that pulls from more areas of the school.

    1 Community member (David)

    Parent Election opens March 14th (Monday) and closes March 24th (Thursday).

    Are these dates OK?

    Decided that we need more time to establish these dates and what positions need to be filled.

    Classified Personnel election/nomination to be held in April; work- in- progress

    New Business:

    I would like to discuss Grant proposals under new business. We have talked to the students and they are interested in doing this for their project for IB and if it comes from the students there is more vesting interest………………………………………………………………………….Kittie

    In conversations with Mary Jo they talked about IB kids needing CAS projects and that maybe if it came from the kids in the school then there may be more success. Tried to get free admissions to the grant writing class, but that didn’t happen. Start conversation about what is it that we need and then have the students work on it. Scott presented the question to the SAC about if there was money from the auction what they would like it to be spent on.

    Suggested Items from the CSC:

    • cleaning
    • textbooks
    • official tutoring program
    • payment for sending kids to playoff games
    • spirit bus to different sports functions
    • computer carts
    • electronic textbooks

    The students would do all of the work, but other members of the community would support them in anyway possible. Mr. Martinez suggested using word of mouth and finding a small group of students who are really dedicated to it. If they were fulfilling a requirement then they would be more motivated to do this. Mr. Lessard suggested creating an honors component to graduation that would include honors courses, GPA, and community service.

    Members on the district level draw in most of the large corporations that fund schools. Those corporations wouldn’t work with you, but there are small corporations that would be willing and able to do this. If a teacher is motivated there are teacher based grants that are available, but there is a lot that a teacher has to agree to in order to get one of these grants such as providing constant updates on what that grant is being used for. We should think about why we are raising funds rather than focusing on what is really working in this school. We aren’t a poor school and maybe we should focus on building things like school spirit. There really isn’t an overwhelming desperation for raising money, but this could help us to get to our overall destination. Over the next three years there should be a significant physical transition that occurs at George.

    MEETING ADJOURNED

    6:23pm

    NEXT MEETING

    April 4, 2016