LSC Statement Following 1/5/15 Special Meeting

The Sayre LSC have asked us to share this statement, following their special meeting on January 5, 2015:

January 8, 2016

To the community of Sayre Language Academy:
In response to growing concern about student safety and teacher turnover, the LSC held a special meeting on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. That meeting included an executive session with Randel Josserand who is the CPS Chief of Network 3. An executive session is, by law, closed to the public, so Council members are unable to give specific details to the Sayre community. Executive sessions can be held to protect the legal rights of individuals, including personnel or private student matters. In the session, the LSC addressed areas of concerns with Chief Josserand that had been raised in earlier public forums. First, with regard to student safety, the Chief outlined some of the problems and the strategies that his team are in the midst of implementing to improve them. Second, with regard to personnel issues, Chief Josserand outlined the concerns within the building and options for improving them. While we are not permitted to provide detail, be certain that the Network staff is working closely with the school’s administration and teachers to understand current problems and improve the learning environment for our students, staff, and teachers. Your LSC representatives are closely monitoring these efforts to best support the school and students.
The next scheduled LSC meeting is Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. At that time, we will be addressing the general concerns that have been raised. While certain matters must remain confidential by law, we believe that we will be able to provide more clarity at this meeting. The voices of parents, family members, teachers and all supporters of Sayre Language Academy are important! We thank you for sharing your concerns and for advocating for all Sayre students.

Michael Purcell
LSC Chairperson
Sayre Language Academy

Three Events on September 10

Sayre Parent/guardian attendance and participation is encouraged for several events scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 10:

6:00pm: 1st organizational meeting of Sayre’s Parent Advisory Council. (PAC)
The PAC works to keep Sayre’s parent community involved in guiding children through their education. This meeting will include nominations and elections of officers and beginning discussions of plans for PAC activities in the 2014-2015 school year. Parents are invited to join and get involved.

6:30pm: regularly scheduled Local School Council (LSC) meeting.

7:00pm: “State of the School” Address. POSTPONED, DATE TBA
This is an annual informational meeting for Sayre parents presenting information about the school’s performance and goals for the new school year.

Sayre 2014 LSC Election Results

Congratulations to Sayre’s new Local School Council!
Here are the final CPS tallies via Catalyst Chicago

Community Representatives (2 positions)
 Evan J. Nielsen, 38 votes
 Sheldon Middlebrooks, 22
(Bernard W. Murray, 21)
 (Pericles C. Abbasi, 19)

Parent Representatives (6 positions)
 Jennifer A. O’Connor, 42 votes
 Joseph V. McDermott, 38
 Evarista S. Rodriguez, 36
 Michael J. Purcell, 32
 Matthew J. Quilty, 28
 Harriette D. Coleman, 26
(Christy L. Smith-Hall, 22)
Teacher Representatives (2 positions)
 Paul Thomas, 19 votes
 Lori Ray, 12
Non-Teacher Staff (1 position)
 Madeline Lee-Troche, 20 votes
(William Liddell, 5
Principal
 Susana Ustabecir