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:

Scott Lessard Principal
Jay Clapper Parent  June 2018
Kittie Hooke Parent June 2018
Adam Haynes Parent June 2018
Ron Sherman Parent June 2018
Mary Jo Minogue Community Member June 2018
Jennifer Harkness-Quintana Teacher June 2019
Kevin Vicente Teacher June 2018
Juliana Evans Teacher June 2019
Michael Wylde Teacher June 2019
Jake Fisher Student June 2018
Isabelle Maestas Student June 2018
Shahad Mohieldin Student June 2018 (
Lucca Raabe Student June 2019


  • CSC Minutes – 1/8/2018


    Scott Lessard, Juliana Evans, Jennifer Harkness-Quintana, Michael Wylde, Shahad Mohieldin, Jake Fisher, Lucca Raabe, Isabelle Maestas, Andrew Schwartz, Eric Sherman, Mary Jo Minogue, Kittie Hook, Jay Clapper, Adam Haynes, and Ron Sherman.




    Successes in GW
    ⁃ Bond update: the bond money will cover the gym and sound system

    ⁃ 114 students moved from an F to a D
    ⁃ Teachers are now focusing on creating PSAT and SAT prep in the classroom
    ⁃ Working on identifying the biases in the classrooms and how to fix those biases
    ⁃ The heating system is working!

    Question the CSC has for the board
    ⁃ We all want to continue the mission of making George great
    ⁃ Tom has been outspoken about his commitment to comprehensive high schools
    ⁃ Delta is supposed to be helpful
    ⁃ GW isn’t going to be taken apart
    ⁃ Want to honor the work that Scott Lessard did at GW
    ⁃ Scott Lessard will still be involved in the process
    ⁃ There is still a lot of work do to

    Scott Mendelsberg view
    ⁃ The SPF is designed to compare schools
    ⁃ Yet 3 of the schools GW is compared to don’t even have seniors
    ⁃ What we have seen is that competition compromises collaboration
    ⁃ It is hard to compare schools
    ⁃ It doesn’t seem fair
    ⁃ Grading schools on a bell curve
    ⁃ Scott Mendelsberg will follow up to see how it was decided
    ⁃ There will be weekly updates

    ⁃ ILT (instructional leadership team) is supposed to make the job easier for principals
    ⁃ Different opportunities to see what the job is like before actually having the job
    ⁃ Giving others leadership roles makes the long run time commitment easier
    ⁃ Shelf life of principal is 3-5 years
    ⁃ We must be ready to do something different than years before
    ⁃ Why did Mr. Lessard have to announce his retirement before school choice?
    ⁃ Now families are going to question sending their kids to GW
    ⁃ We want this to be the neighborhood school
    ⁃ Dr. Olson believes that is it actually better that Mr. Lessard’s announcement came out now than later
    ⁃ There is now more time to find a good principal
    ⁃ Scott Lessard isn’t going anywhere, he is committed to finding a replacement
    ⁃ Scott isn’t leaving, we are just adding more talent

    Increasing enrollment:
    ⁃ We have to sell our mission
    ⁃ Mary Lane has done an amazing job putting our message across
    ⁃ It doesn’t make sense to compete with schools that aren’t like GW
    ⁃ Comprehensive schools include IB
    ⁃ There is support for the IB program
    ⁃ Why are high schools set up to compete? Scott Mendelsberg doesn’t know the answer
    ⁃ There are still losers
    ⁃ GW is labeled yellow and parents see this
    ⁃ Dr. Olson has lots of questions about competition and the SPF
    ⁃ How come GW is penalized for the achievement gap when the IB/Traditional achievement gap probably exists before the students get to the school
    ⁃ Students should engage with the board
    ⁃ The community needs to remind people how great GW is
    ⁃ There are many people on the board that believe in GW

    ⁃ There are currently 5 parent meetings scheduled until January 27th
    ⁃ There will be meetings with students
    ⁃ Scott Mendelsberg will meet formally and informally with teachers
    ⁃ The role of the CSC is to review the applicants for the committee to select the new principal
    ⁃ Are we being efficient enough, since we have done this before
    ⁃ We are looking for rock stars like Scott Lessard
    ⁃ We can all agree on the end goal of finding a good replacement
    ⁃ Communication was lacking on the applications- none of the students knew about this

    The next steps:
    ⁃ The committee should be around 8-10 students
    ⁃ Students should be involved in this process
    ⁃ Meetings with parents should be before the interview for the principal position
    ⁃ Dr. Olson will attend CSC meetings 3-4 times per year

    ⁃ Projected enrollment is 1171
    ⁃ We estimate it to be 1210
    ⁃ East High School requested their freshmen class to be 400 instead of 700
    ⁃ Other options for freshmen instead of East are GW, South, TJ, and Northfield
    ⁃ It costs around $120,000 for 30 students
    ⁃ Each student is around $4,000
    ⁃ Moved school choice later which makes it harder for schedules
    ⁃ Everyone on the CSC voted to request 1200 as the projected enrollment
    ⁃ We will receive budget numbers on the 18th
    ⁃ Scott Lessard meets with the district on the 23rd about the budget
    ⁃ Next meeting will take place on January 22nd at 4:30




    1/22/18 – 4:30pm