Policy Council Meeting

    1. Welcome/establish quorum: 11 to 11:05 a.m.                      


    • Gloria Allen (Chair) - present
    • William Parmer (Vice-Chair) - present
    • LaSha Sullivan (Secretary) - present (left early)
    • Iranisha Vazquez - present
    • Casey Woody- present
    • James Grady- present

    Community Members

    • Marsha Foote - absent (excused)
    • Chris Finger - absent (excused)
    • Ahmad Whitfield - absent (unexcused)


    Staff/BOE Liaison

    • Emily Fisher - present
    • Karissa Schutt- present
    • Cristina Reale- present
    • Jena Fuchs- present
    • Additional presenter – n/a

    2. Approval of minutes*: 11:05–11:10 a.m.                           

    Motion: Casey; Second: Iranisha; Vote: All in favor

    3. Election of Officers: 11:10–11:30 a.m.: Karissa

    Policy Council members deliberated when staff members stepped out of the room. Candidates were nominated and voted on unanimously.

    • Chairperson- Gloria Allen
    • Vice Chairperson- William Parmer
    • Secretary- LaSha Sullivan

    Motion: Casey; Second: William; Vote: All in favor

    4. Director’s Report: 11:30–11:50 a.m.: Karissa          

    • ACF-PI-HS-18-05 Funding Increase

    Karissa explained to the council that expansion funds are available to extend 12 of our Head Start funded slots. She let members know the plan for our delegate to apply for the expansion funds and discussed that waitlist numbers and community needs will be further examined and discussed.

    5. Budget/Finance: 11:50–11:55 a.m.: Karissa

    • Budget- No budgetary questions.

    6. Parent Engagement Committee: 11:55 a.m.–12 p.m.: Cristina

    • Pumpkin Patch- Cristina told council that although our annual field trip to the pumpkin patch needed to be cancelled this year, students would be able to pick a pumpkin out here at school thanks to a donation from a local farm.
    • Open House- Cristina shared that our open house will be held in conjunction with West Street School on October 25th.  

    7. Monthly Report: 12–12:10 p.m.: All

    Questions/discussion- No questions or discussion.

    8. Council Member Updates/Highlights: 12:10–12:20 p.m.: All

    Karissa shared out about new Universal Pre-kindergarten opportunity and partnership with Finger Lakes Community College. They will open a half day, mixed age classroom with 3- and 4-year-old students.

    9. Board of Education Liaison Updates: 12:20–12:30 p.m.: Emily

    Emily shared that the Board of Education is recruiting new members. We can direct anyone interested in serving to Emily. 

    10. Closing*: 1:30 p.m.

    Motion: Casey; Second: William; Vote: All in favor

    *indicates vote needed


    • Previous month’s minutes
    • ACF-PI-HS-18-05 Funding Increase
    • Budget
    • Monthly Report