Local School Councils (LSCs) play a vital role in decision-making at the local school level, thereby ensuring a quality education for all of the school’s students. The primary responsibilities of LSCs 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.
LSCs are elected school governing bodies that are made up of:
- 6 parent members
- 2 community members
- 2 teacher members
- 1 non-teacher faculty member
- the principal, and
- 1 student representative in the case of high schools.
LSC members are elected to two year terms, expect for high school student members who serve for one year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30, in even years. Therefore this coming year, 2016, is an election year.
Parents and community residents vote for the parent and community member candidates and schools have polls in which staff vote for the school staff member candidates. Anyone who wishes to improve their community school, and have a positive impact on student educational attainment should run! No formal education is required but you can check out eligibility requirements and the 2016 LSC Election Guide here: English Spanish.
All candidates must submit three forms by March 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the school where they intend to run or to the Office of Local School Council Relations (2651 W Washington Blvd, 3rd Floor) by February 19, 2016 a 3:00 PM. The forms can be found at either above mentioned location or here: cps.edu/pages/lscelections.aspx. Please check your local schools' websites, or contact Brienne Ahearn at NRC for vacancies.
Once elected LSC members have to undergo 9 mandatory trainings which take 16 hours. They must complete these trainings within 6 months of taking office in order to remain on the LSC. If they do not, they will be removed and replaced. The trainings take place throughout the district. A summation of topics, locations, dates, and times can be found here: http://www.cps.edu/Pages/LSCTraining.aspx and online trainings can be found here: http://cpslsctrainingportal.com/
North River Commission has provided support to our local LSCs in the past through the provision of different workshops. We've also helped to identify community representative to serve on LSCs, as well as given guidance and assistance in LSC campaigns and elections. Again, if you are at all interested in running, please do not hesitate to contact Brienne Ahearn, Education Coordinator at NRC.
Education Coordinator at North River Commission
bahearn <at> northrivercommission.org
Direct Mobile: 312-860-8384