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School Site Council Agenda Minutes
October 26, 2011
“We aspire to achieve GREAT things!”
Attendees: Keisha Marvin, Chair; Brad Walsh, Principal, Jas Cisneros (Guest) Assistant Principal of Instruction; Sunita Tharayil, Teacher; Jennie Malonek, Teacher; Bindi Crawford, Counselor; Socorro Martinez, Parent; Marina Rivera, Parent; Steve Robles, Parent; Students: 3 Alternates
Absentee: Jennie Malonek; Emily Coalson; Marina Rivera
v A. Sign-in, Motion to start 3:18 p.m.
v B. Establish norms
The goal is to have the agenda to everyone at least one week in advance. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or if you are running late, please call Keisha’s cell phone (626) 264-3757. Positive and respectful to each other. SSCs focus/mission: School Improvement and Student Achievement.
v C. Welcome new parent – Steve Robles
Newest member: Steve Robles, Parent. Congratulations and welcome. Has a son currently in the 9th grade, another son will be coming to AHS next year. Introductions around the table. Thank you to both Marian and Socorro for conducting the parent elections. The Parent Advisory Committee would like students in the committee so they have a quorum.
v D. Review and Approval of Minutes of 9/28/2011
The Minutes of 9/28/2011 were reviewed and were approved.
Jennie Malonek did not attend the meeting of 9/28/11.
v E. School Site Council Training – December 6
Please turn in your Attendance form to Keisha’s mailbox if you are interested in participating in the School Site Council training on December 6. Hand out of the forms. Students are allowed to attend. Keisha gave hand outs of the School Site Councils SPSA from 2008-09. A power point presentation she received from when she went to the training. Keisha gave an overview of the handouts. Bindi is our co-chair.
v F. Technology Committee update
Website Training after school tomorrow per Jennie. The Technology Committee has had some difficulties. Sara Maloney passed away. Some people resigned. Jennie gave an overview. Have Microsoft money left that was approved last year. Will follow up on the status. Will survey everyone on what training we should have for example OARS.
v G. Review Budget/Expenditures
Brad discussed the budget and gave handouts. Our budget stayed similar to last year. Good news: Met growth target. Got 10% of our money. Announcement: Mr. Uribe, Intervention Specialist is back working the EL students with Ms. Desta. Also, Credit Recovery with online classes. Asked for suggestions as to the allocation of funds for supplies; we had to cut 2 Avid classes; I Can Learn Program; Eliminated Clerk Typist position; Math Coach.
a. Jas needs direction from SSC to help hire back our Intervention Specialist from last year in Math and English, who helped us worked on our CAHSEE. Currently we have two ERIP teachers (retired teachers) at no cost to us to assist us with the English CAHSEE intervention.
b. Jas reminded everyone that we offer after school tutoring which is our Crossroads Tutoring Program. Jas would like to offer Special Ed tutoring. Jennie Malonek asks how effective is that? Or how do we measure? Library is requesting for some funding from SSC. Bindi will contact Cathy.
c. Please bring back handouts to our next meeting.
v H. WASC Update
Jocelyn Castro, our WASC chair, will join us and give us an update in March. We would like to have parents join us. We need parents and students for WASC. Nov. 16, Keisha will follow up.
v New Business
1. Brad questioned the students. Let’s brainstorm and identify needs on areas for improvement.
2. Questions, comments are welcome. Question regarding the number of our council. 12 are legal but 16 are recommended, move to rectify. We need 1 parent, 1 student, and 2 teachers, classified or other. Will check our By-Laws.
3. Jas requested funding from SSC for 12 people to work on our Parent Education Workshop. There will be a series of 10. Discussions. SSC approved.
4. Time is of the essence and Jas requested approval from SSC to bring back our English Intervention Specialist first, and then Math.
Motion to approve English and Math. Approved.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 4:31 p.m.
These minutes follow the Agenda set forth for October 26, 2011.
Respectfully submitted by Maria Lozano
Attendees: Keisha Marvin, Chair; Brad Walsh, Principal, Brandon Dade (Guest); Assistant Principal of Instruction; Phoung Nguyen (Guest), Assistant Principal of Student Services; Carlos Villagomez, Teacher; Bindi Patel, Teacher; Jennie Malonek, Teacher; Students: Oscar Wong and Jimmy Lin
Absentee: Parent members
v A. Review and Approval of Minutes of 4/27/2011
The Minutes of 4/27/2011 were reviewed. Corrections were noted in Item A—Emily CoAlson and SumNita ThaRAyaril. The Minutes of 4/27/2011 were approved as corrected.
v B. Nomination/Election of Chair
Emily inquired about the Chair duties and time commitment. Bindi agreed to serve as co-chair with Keisha.
v C. WASC Action Plan
Brandon is at another meeting and will not be able to present his report. In brief, the WASC Action Plan is being aligned with the Single Plan for Student Achievement. There are no dramatic changes.
v E. Budget Proposals for 2011-12
Alhambra High School is facing a possible budget reduction of approximately $240,000 – $250,000 for the 2011-12 school year. AHS has been instructed by the District to propose where specific reductions will be made, if needed. The current proposed reductions include 2 periods of AVID, the “I Can Learn” Math program, 4 Intervention Specialists, a clerk typist, supplies, and the math coach. These reductions total approximately $280,000. Some of the reductions, while they appear to be dire, are actually less so, in particular the loss of the “I Can Learn” Math program and the purchase of supplies. The Math Department had requested to use another program that will actually cost $0 dollars to use and which they feel will be more beneficial to the students. Also, because of funding this year, AHS was able to order a lot of supplies this year which should last through the year.
The two additions being made are the increase of the Spanish-speaking Home School Coordinator to full-time and a 5% increase in Health and Welfare costs. The conversion of the coordinator to full-time will be a very important addition because of the increase in the Spanish population.
We will maintain the following personnel and programs: 4 AVID sections if enrollment dictates, counseling, English intervention classes, English core support and on-line high school, Home-School Coordinators, AP instruction, Office Manager for AP Instruction, Computer Tech, and Intervention Advisor. We will keep Edge and Stretch classes as well as Crossroads tutoring next year.
The committee wondered how the students have benefited from the Intervention Advisor and wondered a report on his/her activities would be beneficial in making decision on whether to keep or not.
The question that should be asked in considering programs and personnel is, “Is the money that is being used, being used most effectively?”
M/S/P to approve budget proposals for 2011-12.
v F. Technology Committee
The Technology Committee has been formed and is comprised of the following: Jennie Malonek, Eileen Kaiser, James Matcuk, Debbie Blais, and Josh Moreno. There are some funds to be expended this year and the committee is working on accomplishing this task
v G. Announcements
Bindi announced that Oscar won a $1,000 scholarship from his Dad’s credit union. Oscar was congratulated by the committee.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 4:00pm.
These minutes follow the Agenda set forth for June 2, 2011.
Respectfully submitted by Yolanda Galvan