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    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: WhittierBLTParents@gmail.com

    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)

    Specialists
    Sara Dowsing

    SEA Represented Classified
    Rebecca Adamson

    Principal
    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