Time to represent schools

Staff Writer

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has released its annual announcement inviting parents, teachers and community members to consider running for a spot on the local school council (LSC). The school district is also looking for election judges.

The deadline to file candidate nomination forms for the 2014 LSC Election is 3p.m., Feb. 19, at the Office of LSC Relations, 125 S. Clark St., 5th floor, and 3 p.m., Feb. 26, at the school where you would like to serve. Applications will be accepted from those interested in becoming LSC Election judges until March 7. The 2014 LSC Election Candidate Forms, LSC Election Judge Applications and related materials are available at cps.edu.

LSCs are legally mandated school governing bodies whose primary responsibilities include 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.

All LSCs consist of six parents, two community members, two teachers, one non-teacher staff member, the school’s principal and, at the high-school level, one student representative.

LSC elections will take place during report card pick-up day on Monday, April 7. Schools with traditional LSCs will elect parent and community candidates to their LSCs and will select school staff candidates for appointment to their LSCs. Also on April 7, schools with appointed LSCs or boards of governors will select parent and school staff candidates for appointment to their LSCs and, by April 23, will select candidates community and advocate candidates for appointment to their LSCs.

Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St.; Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St.; Kozminski Elementary,
936 E. 54th St.; Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St. and Ray 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., elementary schools and Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., have traditional LSCs. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., and Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., no longer have LSCs.