Building Leadership Team

The Whittier Building Leadership Team (BLT) is a committee that serves as the overseer of the school’s Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and professional development program, and as facilitator for the development of the school budget. BLT committee members are responsible for gathering input from and representing their constituents in the best interest of the school as a whole. Members serve staggered two-year terms. The committee acts as an advisory body that makes recommendations to the Principal or Teachers for final approval. For detailed information regarding the BLT, please refer to the BLT Bylaws.

2016-2017 Committee Members:

Parent Representatives
Kelsey Toppenberg and Sara Schmidt:

Primary (K–2nd) Classroom Teachers
Olivia Capobianco (Kindergarten) & Staci Barrett (2nd Grade)

Intermediate (3rd–5th) Classroom Teachers
Julie Childers (4th Grade) & Victoria Kemery (3rd/4th Grade)

Sara Dowsing

SEA Represented Classified
Rebecca Adamson

Melissa Schweitzer

Invited Community Members
Cindy Lewan (Whittier Kids Director)

Update: March, 2017

During the fall, the Whittier Building Leadership Team (BLT) worked to update Whittier's Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP), gathering staff feedback along the way. The CSIP is a guiding document that sets out goals and strategies for Whittier over a two-year time horizon, but is reviewed and updated annually.

Whittier faces a significant budget reduction next year due to a district-wide budget shortfall. The BLT is meeting weekly to work with the currently available budget details on options for the 2017-18 school year, with the main goal of preserving staffing as much as possible. The BLT will also construct a plan for restoring programs and/or staff if further funds are released this summer to our school. The PTA Budget Committee is working closely with the BLT to strategize next year's budget. Notes from upcoming budget-related meetings will be posted at the bottom of this page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We reserve time at the beginning of each meeting for questions or comments, and guests are free to stay and observe the rest of the discussion. All meetings are held at 2:30pm in the Whittier library; the schedule is listed below.

2016-17 Meeting Dates

The BLT meets monthly, September through June, 2:25pm to 4:25pm, in the Whittier Library.

BLT meetings are generally open for observation, but may be closed on occasion due to confidentiality or the sensitive nature of the discussion. All meetings begin with a 10-minute open forum during which anyone in the community can request time to discuss topics related to the budget, professional development, and/or the Continuous School Improvement Plan.

2016-17 meetings dates:
September 26
October 24
November 14
December 12
January 23
February 13
February 27
March 6
March 13
March 20
April 17
May 8
May 22
June 5
June 19

BLT Meeting Notes

September 26, 2016

May 23, 2016
April 25, 2016
March 7, 2016
February 29, 2016
February 22, 2016
February 8, 2016
March 16, 2015
March 9, 2015
March 5, 2015
February 23, 2015
February 9, 2015
February 2, 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014

BLT Updates
March 2015 BLT Update
Winter 2015 BLT Update
September 2014 BLT Overview
BLT News - March 2014 
BLT News - January 2014

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