For Local School Council hopefuls, the first bell will ring at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
That is the deadline for candidates to submit nomination forms to the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Local School Council Relations.
Candidates may also file nomination forms to the principal of the school in which they are running by 3 p.m. March 12. Nomination forms are online at www.cps.k12.il.us.
Elections will be held April 16 for high school LSCs and April 17 for elementary school LSCs. The term of office for LSC members is two years, with the new term beginning July 1.
Local School Councils are responsible for hiring, or renewing
the contract of, a principal, working on the school's
budget and developing the school improvement plans.
LSCs consist of a variety of representatives, including the school principal, two teachers, six parents and two members of the community. High school LSCs also consist of a student representative, who is not eligible to vote on a principal's contract and allocation of teaching and staff resources.
Teacher and student reps are appointed by the Board of Education; others, except for the principal, win spots by election.
A parent representative must have a child enrolled in the school and not be an employee of the board.
A community representative must reside in the attendance area or voting district of the school, not have a child enrolled at the school and not be an employee of the board.
Neither an assistant principal nor a relative of a principal is eligible to serve on an LSC.
Incoming LSC members must complete 18 hours of training within six months of taking office.
LSCs have existed in Chicago since 1989, the year after the Chicago School Reform Act passed, and, 17,256 ran for 6,000 LSC positions.
LSC election timeline
Paul Bowker, a Chicago-area journalist with 25 years of experience, covers Chicago Public Schools for the Daily News.