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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
    Sara Schmidt and Kathleen Durham: WhittierBLTParents@gmail.com

    Primary (K–2nd) Classroom Teachers
    Julia Brady-Finke (Kindergarten) & Staci Barrett (2nd Grade)

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

    Specialists
    Alicia Nygard (Librarian)

    SEA Represented Classified
    Rebecca Adamson

    Principal
    Melissa Schweitzer

    Invited Community Members
    Cindy Lewan (Whittier Kids Director)


    2017-2018 Meetings

    All meetings start at 2:55 pm in the Whittier Library.

    -September 18, 2017
    -October 23, 2017 (cancelled)
    -November 27, 2017
    -January 22, 2018
    -February 5, 2018
    -February 26, 2018
    -March 5, 2018
    -March 12, 2018
    -April 23, 2018
    -May 21, 2018
    -June 4, 2018


    Meeting Notes:

    ​November 27, 2017

    Start time: 2:49 pm, End time: 5:47 pm  

    Attendees: Julia Brady, Melissa Schweitzer, Victoria Kemery, Julie Childers, Rebecca Adamson, Kathleen Durham, Sara Schmidt, Staci Barrett, Alicia Nygard 

    Brief discussion around possible bus union strike and how to help families plan for getting to school and getting home at the end of the day. 

    2:52 Sub reimbursement procedure/policy discussion: 

    Happens frequently, tricky because more than just one person can be affected. For example, when an IA is absent, it is often multiple staff members that are impacted. Last year IAs voted as a team to decide that they wanted to use the money to pay for compensation for their extra workload. 

    Possible solutions for an absent staff member: 

    • Kids could be separated out to other classrooms per grade level. Look at what the class sizes would be, and figure out walk to math. 

    • PCP teachers could divide and separate between themselves. 

    • What should it look like when an IA is out? How to support classroom teacher and make sure students are served? More student pull-out?  

    What are some Pros & Cons about putting money in the pot for PD vs paying for reimbursement? 

    Should an impacted teacher (due to absent IA) qualify to get a portion of that reimbursement money? 

    Make a plan for absences per grade level and section. 

    Next stepsDiscuss more as BLT? Discuss as a whole staff? Discuss more with teacher/IA teams?  Teachers should have input with the IAs plan because they are also possibly affected.  

    Discuss this Wednesday to create a plan for all staff including IA absences that will impact teachers the least and help students get the minutes they require in order to get reimbursement/compensation. 

    3:49 Updating Bylaw discussion: 

    Continuing updating Bylaws using the template from BLT Training (see draft attached) 

    Worked on the section “Membership & Structure”  

    • Who is on the Team? 

    • Possibilities: 1 K-1 representative, 1 2-3 representative, 1 4-5 representative, 1 additional rep K-5 

    • Membership might be uneven because of the large amount of K and 1 classes. How can we make it equitable? 

    • Should there be a SPED rep? What about an IA?  

    • **How would we compensate classified staff on the BLT?