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Local School Council

Welcome to the Skinner Local School Council

Please join us! The Skinner West - Classical, Fine Arts and Technology School Local School Council (LSC) hold their regular meetings on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM at the school. These meetings are open to everyone. The Skinner West LSC welcomes and encourages the participation of parents, community members, teachers and neighbors. 

You can contact any LSC member to request an item be placed on the LSC Meeting agenda. You can also attend meetings and speak at the open forum at every regular meeting.

The Skinner West LSC encourages parents, teachers and community members to participate by serving on committees that work to improve school life. 

The Principal is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the school whose primary responsibility is implementing the decisions and the day-to-day operations of the school. The LSC is in essence the Board of Directors.

The LSC is an elected body whose primary responsibilities are:



Evaluate the performance of the school principal, survey parents and conduct an annual review with the principal;



Renew the principal’s four-year contract or hire a new principal at the end of the contract term or when a vacancy occurs;



Approve or ask for amendments to the expenditure plan prepared by the school principal;



Establish committees to carry out ongoing functions required of the LSC, including a School Improvement Planning Committee (SIP Committee) to develop and monitor the  two year stream-lined Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP);



Approve or ask the SIP Committee for amendments to the CIWP and make recommendations on allocation of teaching resources based on CIWP goals;



To make recommendations to the principal on textbook selection and curriculum, as long as those recommendations are consistent with the curriculum objectives of the Board of Education;



Adopt a school uniform or dress code policy in accordance with Board of Education rules and policies;



Reviews monthly budget reports and school-data summaries and submit to the public a written annual report describing the school’s educational and budgetary programs.



Approve receipts and expenditures for all internal accounts of the school and approve all fundraising activities by Forum/PTO, Gallery 111, Friends of Skinner West, and any other organization, group or individual that raises money for the school.

The LSC consists of 6 parent representatives, 2 teacher representatives, 1 non-teaching staff representative, 2 community representatives and the principal of the school. Council members are elected every two years in April of the even numbered years.

Member Position Email/Web
Deborah Clark Principal Email
Michael McMurray Parent /Chair Email
Nell Strong Parent /Vice Chair Email
Melvin Flowers Parent Email
Sharlene Hobson Parent Email
Matt Letourneau  Parent Email
Fadi Matalka Parent Email
Armando Chacon Community Email
Sheila Howard Staff Email
Ramel Werner Teacher Email
Donna McSpadden Teacher Email

The Principal is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the school whose primary responsibility is implementing the decisions and the day-to-day operations of the school. The LSC is in essence the Board of Directors

The Principal is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the school whose primary responsibility is implementing the decisions and the day-to-day operations of the school. The LSC is in essence the Board of Directors

2017/2018 Meeting Dates @ 6:30pm

Dates: Agenda: Minutes:
June 27, 2017 6/27/17 6/27/17
July 25, 2017 7/25/17 7/25/17
September 19, 2017 9/19/17
October 17, 2017
November 28, 2017 11/28/17
December 19, 2017 12/19/17
January 23, 2018 1/23/18
February 27, 2018 2/27/18
March 20, 2018 3/20/18
April 24, 2018

May 3, 2018 Special Meeting 5/3/18  
May 16, 2018

June 26, 2018

2016 - 2017 Meeting Minutes


Budget and Funding


The LSC holds the Principal accountable for the operation of the school.



  • The LSC meets with the Principal to review evaluation criteria and common understanding of the expectations and performance measures.



  • The LSC may add evaluation criteria to those outlined in the CPS Principal Performance Evaluation form.



  • The LSC sets a calendar of Principal evaluation activities throughout the year.



  • The LSC votes on ratings to reach a final Principal evaluation decision.



  • The LSC submits completed evaluation form to the Principal by May 1.



  • The LSC holds a closed LSC meeting, within 30 days of submitting evaluation form to the Principal, as an evaluation feedback session.



  • The LSC must take a public vote to approve the final evaluation before it is turned in to the Principal and the Area Instructional Officer (AIO).



  • The LSC sets performance expectations for the next school year, based on the feedback session and SIPAAA.



  • The LSC is required to conduct an evaluation of the Principal before making a contract renewal decision during the fourth and final year of the Principal’s contract.



  • The LSC makes decisions that amount to local policy and the Principal administers the decisions.



SIP Committee

The School Improvement Planning Committee (SIP Committee) is established by the Local School Council (LSC) to carry out the ongoing work and responsibilities required by the School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement (SIPAAA). The SIPAAA is a biennial (two year) plan required under state and federal laws. The SIP Committee reports to the LSC and makes recommendations regarding SIPAAA issues that the LSC is required to rule upon.


  • The SIP Committee works with the Principal, the LSC, the PPLC, school staff, parents and the community to develop and monitor the biennial SIPAAA.



  • The Committee takes input from parents, staff, residents and representatives of the entire school community in an open public meeting and develops a proposed SIPAAA through a consensus based decision-making process.




  • The Committee presents the proposed SIPAAA to the Local School Council for a vote of approval.




  • The SIP Committee holds open public meetings, at least twice a year, of parents, staff, community residents and representatives to review the progress of the SIPAAA and consider any new developments that impact the SIPAAA.




  • The SIP Committee makes recommendations to the LSC regarding any and all changes or revisions that become necessary.




  • The Committee reports to the LSC on the status of the implementation of the SIPAAA.

SIP Meeting Dates

The regular scheduled SIP Committee Meetings will be held once a month on the Thursday before each LSC Meeting. Meeting times alternate between 3:30 PM (marked by *) and 6:30 PM to accommodate the differing schedules of parents, teachers, and neighborhood residents.

SIP Archived Meeting Minutes


  • 11/17/11


  • *12/15/11


  • 01/19/12


  • *02/16/12


  • 03/15/12


  • *04/19/12


  • 05/10/12


  • *06/07/12





Communications Committee

LSC Communications Committee



The goal of the Skinner Communications Committee is to develop an infrastructure that provides timely and informative content to the Skinner community through various methods of communications. Our goal is to have open communications while being environmentally conscious. The committee meetings are open to all parents, school members and community and meet once a month. Last year alone, we established a new parent email database, created a week-at-a-glance newsletter, and created a new and improved website! The Communications Committee welcomes volunteers to help deliver on the goals of the school. To learn more, please email Linda King @


We send an e-newsletter to parents, faculty and community member typically every Thursday. Please send newsletter submissions to We are able to include calendar events, text, jpg images, and file attachments that are up to 350KB in size. We prefer submissions no later than Monday night, so that we may accommodate creation of the newsletter for Thursday distribution. Late submissions are handled on a case-by-case basis.


Website Changes
Website postings can be submitted using the attached form. This can include club , extracurricular activities or other content .  Please send submissions to Nilufar Rezai @


Room Parent Program
We are planning to implement a room parent program in the 2011-2. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, please contact us at .



Week-At-A-Glance Newsletter:







  • To submit articles for the newsletter or to provide feedback or comments, please





Skinner Communications Survey:



Thanks to all the participants to the Skinner West Communications Survey. Your comments are appreciated as we continue to integrate your feedback in our communications effort.




Facilities Services Committee

The purpose of the Skinner LSC Facility Services Committee is to serve in an advisory capacity for identifying issues and recommending solutions in reference to the physical structure and maintenance of the Skinner West Elementary School environment. The committee meetings are open to all parents, school members and community and meet once a month. Voting members are limited to Parents, Teachers, Faculty, LSC and Staff of Skinner West Elementary School.

To learn more, please email Gaute Grindheim HERE

The regularly scheduled Facility Services Committee will be held once a month on the Friday before each LSC Meeting. Meetings will be held at 9:00 AM at Skinner West. Ask in the office for the Meeting Room, as it will vary based on attendance.

Archived Meeting Minutes




Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
1260 W Adams St., Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: 773-534-7790

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