Local School Council

The Tubman Local School Council (LSC) is a publicly-elected council of parents, teachers, school staff, and community representatives that oversees the school budget, planning and improvements, and the hiring and evaluation of the school principal.*

Key Council Responsibilities

  1. School improvement planning: Developing and approving the school Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP). This living document drives overall school improvement planning. It is developed and approved by the Local School Council  for each Chicago Public School every two years. The 2021-22 school year is the second year of our current CIWP.
  2. School budget: Developing and approving the school’s budget and discretionary funds, including yearly approval of the Supplemental Grant of State Aid (SGSA) budget
  3. Principal selection: Principals are hired for a 4-year contract, at the end of which they are either rehired or replaced by the LSC
  4. Principal evaluation: Conducting performance evaluations of the Principal throughout the 4-year contract

In addition to these four primary responsibilities, our LSC is devoted to and involved in many other areas of school improvement. In order to better focus on these specific areas, the LSC forms committees. Anyone interested in serving on an LSC committee may join. You do not need to be elected to join a committee or attend meetings.

Current Council Members

  • Kimberly Gibson, Principal
  • Charisse Brooks, Non-Teacher Representative
  • Kirsten Clay, Parent Representative
  • Tina Holder-King, Chair, Parent Representative
  • Kate Kiszynski, Parent Representative
  • Sarah Ogeto, Vice Chair, Parent Representative
  • Laurie Viets, Parent Representative
  • Cindy Wahtola, Secretary, Parent Representative
  • Nicholas Hall, FOIA, Teacher Representative
  • Emily Hulbert, Teacher Representative
  • Mac Lebuhn, Community Representative

Council Meetings

The Tubman LSC usually meets at 6:00 PM on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public, and time is allotted for public comments.

Whether you are a parent, staff member, or local community member, we encourage you to attend, and welcome your input!

Please feel free to contact the Tubman LSC at htubmanlsc@gmail.com with questions and comments.

LSC Committees

Communication and Engagement -  Committee Chair Cindy Wahtola, LSC Parent Rep: This committee is looking for new and creative ways to make families feel connected to the school community. The school is great because of our families and we want to know more about them. Tubmanconnect@gmail.com or htubmanlsc@gmail.com 

Upcoming meetings TBD

Equity - Committee Chair Sarah Ogeto, Parent Rep: To develop, guide, and advance initiatives that strengthen and build an equitable learning environment for all. tubmanequity@gmail.com 

TIES (Tubman Inclusive Education Supporters) -  Committee Chair Laurie Viets, Parent Rep: A safe and joyful space for those who care for children with IEP’s and 504’s, their siblings and for those who want to support our efforts and educate themselves and their children on disability, inclusion and advocacy.  tubmanties@gmail.com

Upcoming TIES meeting:

  • 6/7/22 at 6:00pm 

Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC)

  • As an advisory committee, the PPLC develops and presents recommendations to the Principal and the Local School Council on matters relating to the educational program, including, but not limited to, curriculum, school improvement plan development and implementation, and school budgeting.
  • 2021-22 PPLC Members:
    - Christine Alvarado (7th)

    - Matt Collins (6th)
    - Nicholas Hall (LSC, Specialist)
    - Emily Hulbert (LSC, 1st)
    - Freeda Pirillis (IB)
    - Rebecca Rosenberg (DL)
    - Erin Szarnych (3rd)
    - Carly Wallace (1st)
  • 2021-22 Meeting Dates:
    - November 15 - Minutes
    - December 8 - Minutes
    - January 24 - Minutes
    - February 28 - Minutes
    - March 28 - Minutes
    - April 27 - Minutes
    - May 23 - Minutes
    - June 13 - Minutes
Next Meeting

LSC Organization Meeting

Meeting Archive

The Chicago Board of Education has adopted a Code of Ethics to ensure board members, LSC members, employees, and contractors act in the highest ethical manner in order to preserve the public trust of residents and taxpayers.

Run for LSC

For information about LSC elections, including eligibility, nomination forms, history, and training, please visit the CPS Local School Councils homepage.

*Formed in the 1980s as part of Chicago public school reform, Local School Councils were designed to give greater oversight and control to individual schools and their communities, and are required by law.

Each Local School Council consists of 11 elected members (six parent representatives, two teacher representatives, two community representatives, and one non-teaching staff member) and the school principal.

  • All eleven elected members of the LSC serve a two-year term; the school principal has a permanent seat on the council
  • Principals are hired for a 4-year contract, at the end of which they are either rehired or replaced by the LSC
  • Members of the school faculty and staff elect the teacher and non-teaching staff member representatives
  • Community representatives must reside within the school attendance area, but not have a child at the school