Minutes of the September 11th, 2018 meeting of
The 19th Ward Community Association Schools Committee
Attendees: John Boutet, John Laing, Jay Ross, Dan Ross, Sarah Yaworski, Ernestine Brown, Moiet James, Brianna Dean, Redell Freeman, Lee Loomis
Community/staff reception following dismissal Friday Sept 14 (rain date TBD) across the street from the school. Notices have been sent to teachers and staff and the community
Tours and refreshments in Aberdeen Square will be Saturday September 15 from 11 to 2. Its an opportunity to recruit volunteers
Community involvement in Superintendents conference day Oct 5 TBD
There will be an open house September 27th from 5:30 to 7:00
19th wca to provide memberships to staff
Plan to hold 19th Ward Convention in school 16 in November
Diane Watkins and Carla to work the details
School 10 has moved to the Marshall campus that they are sharing with school 2. The expectation is that school 10 will return to Congress in September 2020. Many of the volunteers from the engineering society are still working so cannot volunteer every week. They give an assignment (Tues from 10 to noon in Ms Smith’s class) to 5 volunteers so they can volunteer once a month but the students see a volunteer weekly.
Joe was unable to attend today
They are off to a good start this year. Debra Ramsperger is the acting principal until Donna is able to return. The parent liaison is Ilka Fernandez. Good news: School 44 will remain open and a some point be in the queue for renovation.
Moiet James and Brianna Dean will be co-chairing the 10th Annual Spelling Bee. They are working on the word lists and had a set of questions. They will bring youthful energy and enthusiasm to the committee and we look forward to having them on board.
Shawn Neal who won the Spelling Bee twice and is a senior at Early College International High School is planning to come to Convention to be recognized. He might also be available to participate in the Spelling Bee and Moiet was to contact him.
School 16 is renovated, and it is listed as a community school. However there was no provision for short distance busing, which we view as a requirement for enabling a community school. I will write up an argument for short-range busing and distribute before the next meeting. In the meantime take advantage of the parade of politicians at your door to make the point to them.
A discussion followed the sharing of a picture of a map of the 19th ward with circles of radius 0.5 “ (maybe 0.75”) centered on all the elementary schools. There was considerable overlap. It was consistent with having each school serve it’s neighborhood in the days before busing. More discussion to come
We agreed to have meetings on the first Tuesday of the month, which would be October 2nd.
The next committee meeting will be Tuesday October 2nd at 7 pm in the 19th Ward Community Association office.
Submitted by John Laing