Representing the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista

Education on Mar 22, 2017

Education Committee Meeting - Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa


Meeting Date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

Meeting Place: 
Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Discussion/Action (Motion): 
  1. 1.     

    6:30pm Call to Order  – Dr. Michele Cooley Strickland


    Vote to approve January Meeting Minutes


    Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items (2 minutes maximum) – Complete a Speaker Card*


    New Business

    Action Item 1: Progress UPDATE on LAUSD/LMU New Middle School Pathway

    The New Middle School Pathway (NMSP) will “continue the established practices of Playa Vista Elementary School by focusing on inquiry in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Literacy. The school [will] serve as a LMU School of Education teaching demonstrate site at the secondary level that creates an innovative and collaborative learning culture for students, teachers, parents, community members and researchers.”

    Open Enrollment is ongoing for the 6th and 7th grades in August 2017. There are currently seats available. For current 5th and 6th graders, download the application from Questions? Contact Jan Davis at

    Principal Hiring Process is in full-swing and should be finalized by the end of April. The interim principal is Jan Davis, former principal of Venice High School.

    Advisory Committee for the NMSP had its first meeting on March 13, 2017. It is comprised of parent, community (including the NCWP), LMU, and LAUSD representatives to contribute to the development of the New Middle School Pathway and advise on aspects of the school’s programming.

    Facilities have been allocated at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets (WESM) High School that seemingly support a NMSP mini-campus. The New Middle School Pathway will share resources (e.g., auditorium, gymnasium) with WESM (, WISH Academy High School (charter high school accepting enrollment applications for 2017-2018:, and The Incubator School (6th-9th grade pilot school accepting enrollment applications for 2017-2018: A map of the 40+ acre WESM campus located at 7400 West Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles, 90045 is attached to this Agenda.

    • Committee discussion on Action Item 1

                   • Motion to support/modify/deny any proposed new projects on Action Item 1.

    Action Item 2: LAUSD School Board District 4 Run-Off Election

    There will be a run-off election for LAUSD School Board District 4 on May 16, 2017 between Nick Melvoin and incumbent Steve Zimmer. The Committee will discuss if the NCWP should take action to raise the community’s awareness of the upcoming election as it did for the March 7th election.

    Specifically, the NCWP Co-Sponsored with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce a LAUSD School Board District 4 Candidate Forum on February 6, 2017. It was held with LMU’s very generous support -- having donated the venue and waived the facilities fees -- and was a great success with over 2,300 views of the entire Forum on Facebook Live (

    Our community partners for the event included: Del Rey Neighborhood Council, Venice Chamber of Commerce, Mar Vista Community Council, West L.A./Sawtelle Neighborhood Council, Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce, West Mar Vista Residents Association, Venice Neighborhood Council, and Westside Regional Alliance of Councils. The Forum’s moderator was outstanding, Dr. Fernando Guerra, Professor of Political Science and Chicano Studies and Director of the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, LMU. 

    • Committee discussion on Action Item 2

                   • Motion to support/modify/deny any proposed new projects on Action Item 2


    Action Item 3 – Community Outreach and Announcements


    10th Annual Race for Success 5K Run/Walk at LMU on March 11, 2017 was a great success. It benefited public and private schools in Westchester, Playa del Rey, and Playa Vista. NCWP Education Committee members staffed a booth for 3rd consecutive year that the NCWP sponsored. It was an excellent outreach opportunity, as we distributed NCWP postcards, shopping bags, flashlights, and bags of freshly popped popcorn to over 300 of the Expo attendees. 

    Other announcements:




    School of Education  - Bryan Williams


    Government and Community Relations – Grace Yao


    Otis College of Art and Design – Matt Tecle


    LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce – Education Committee


    Local Schools


    Local Groups


    • Committee discussion on Action Item 3

    • Motion to support/modify/deny any proposed new projects on Action Item 3

    Next meeting – April 26, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room.


    Motion to Adjourn (Target: 8:00pm).

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