The Education Committee of the SW Common Council

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 6-7 pm

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Minutes Posted on:

SWCC Education Committee Minutes on Zoom 2024-02-28

Link to YouTube video of the 2/28/24 meeting:


John Boutet SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271,

Mary Coffey N. Winton Village Co-Chair; ; MNBN-Public Safety,

Eleanor Coleman Rotary SW, CCFCS YouthBuild, 224-5119,

John Curran REACH, St. Monica’s, WFM,

Carmen Jones Willie W. Lightfoot Rec Ctr, 369-3029,

Jesse Knoth Healthi Kids/PlayROCS, 708-9089 Cell,

Lee Loomis School #10 Volunteer Tutor,

Welcome & Introduction

Quick School News Update

  • No further information on the Superintendent leaving the District.

  • Lee noted that their tutors are dealing with 4th & 5th graders with significantly low reading levels; can’t identify basic words. There are 8 tutors at School #10 at this time; having some success with students; tutors have a good relationship with students. Lee retiring from the Tutoring Team; will leave it to the Engineering group as to whether or not it goes forward.

Local Busing - ½ Mile Busing

  • Still an important issue. City was broken up and businesses disrupted which resulted in lack of support for inner city schools, increase in poverty, loss of thriving local businesses, etc. We should reverse that.

  • Demond Meeks has shown strong support for ½ Mile Busing; we need to remind State Senators and Assemblymembers to support it

  • Next Coalition for Public Education (CPE) meeting is this Friday, March 29th from 4-5

East High School Model

  • Attend School Board Meeting tomorrow evening:

    • Call in the morning to sign up to speak

    • Support keeping East as it is

    • Start two more High Schools on the same model

Implementing RASE Education CART; Spend more on Education, Less on Incarceration

  • John B. noted that RASE needs to be at the forefront pushing for quality education. Eleanor noted that Candace Lucas has been sending updates on RASE that are distributed via the SWCC announcements..

Walk-In Items

  • YouthBuild still enrolling students for class that starts mid-April; contact Reg Walton at 233-7422

  • Coalition for Public Education meeting Friday, 3/29, 4-5:30pm:

  • Lightfoot Flint Street Recreation:

    • SEAC Mobile Tool Shed will be parked in the Lightfoot now through the end of the year.Wed 3-6; now till September

    • Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP); coming to end of program entry; Deadline 3/31; 14-20

    • Hiring Aquatics Staff (lifefuards, pool attendant, etc.) - Deadline 4/15

    • Very good communication with RPD around KIA theft and the resulting

    • 4/8 - all R-Centers will be open; different eclipse activities; glasses available at all the R-Centers; will also have one telescope

  • Rapid Cemetery will be planting blueberries.

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