LSC Elections Tomorrow (April 18th), At Least One Parent Representative (who lost by one vote once) Really Wants Your Vote
As mentioned in the community section of the past few pipeline e-newsletters, tomorrow, Wed. April 17th, between 6AM and 7PM, Chicago Public Schools will hold Local School Council (LSC) Elections. Students will enjoy the day off from classes, too.
Every Local School Council includes a principal, parents, community members, and school staff members. On the Elementary School level, there are 12 voting members (1 principal, 6 parent reps, 2 community reps, 2 teacher reps, and one non-teaching staff rep). On the High School Level there are 13 voting members (same as elementary breakdown except for one student representative).
LSCs evolved out of a 1988 Chicago School Reform Act. The councils play an important role on the local level in terms of approving how school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implementation of the annual school improvement plan, and hiring and evaluating the school’s contract principal.
Sabin is at 2216 W. Hirsch.
Jonathan Burr Elemenatry is at 1621 W. Wabansia.
LaSalle II is at 1148 N. Honore.
Pulaski International School is at 2230 W. McClean Ave.
In advance of the LSC Election (yes, we know it’s tomorrow but we’ve been busy covering timely events at The Congress Theater and soliciting participation in the upcoming summer printed edition), the pipeline welcomes ALL candidates to write in and do a bit of self promotion.
Steve Dillinger, a Bucktown parent, kind of indirectly wrote in and got this party started, due to the fact we’re on his contact list. Following is an email that Dillinger sent out to his friends, family, acquaintances, etc. We’re sharing it with his permission. If you are a candidate, feel free to add your message to voters as a comment. (In a perfect world, we’d cover the topic more thoroughly, though the world isn’t perfect. If you’d like to volunteer to help us cover the ‘school beat,’ send a note through our Contact Us page. Here’s Pulaski’s latest e-newsletter).
Here are the details:
Pulaski International School
2230 W. McLean (one block North of Armitage between Oakley and Leavitt)
Polls are open 6AM – 7PM.
You can vote for up to 5 parent and community members, but I need all the help I can get, so feel free to only vote for me. If you want to be more democratic about it I can also recommend Jill Antoniewicz, Andrea Tolzman (both parent candidates) and Jesse Barrera (community candidate).
There is always some confusion over who can vote for whom, so, to be clear, you do not have to be a parent to vote for me, you only have to live in the attendance boundary (here is a map). You’ll probably be tired after work and won’t feel like voting, so consider stopping by on the way to work. You can be in-and-out in less than 5 minutes.
Being this is Chicago, I should probably offer you some type of monetary- or alcoholic beverage-based ‘inducement’ to come out and vote (for me). However, I refuse to run that kind of campaign. Instead, I ask that you vote for me because of all the nice things I have done for you over the years.
Two last things.
First, please feel free to spread the word about my candidacy.
Second, I was a candidate in the last LSC election and LOST BY ONE VOTE! Really. So don’t think your vote doesn’t count. We aren’t talking Presidential election turnout here. Candidates have won in the past with just over 100 votes.