The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a team of parents, teachers, and a community member who advises the principal. Each DC Public School has an elected LSAT (see DCPS guidelines on LSATs), the role of which is to advise the principal on priorities and goals, allocation of school resources, curriculum options, school culture and policies and procedures.
SWS LSAT Members, 2019-20
Nick Rutar (Chair & At-Large Representative)
Siri Renier (Early Childhood)
Brian Rahaman (Early Childhood)
Stephanie Denton (Early Elementary)
Elaine Zimmerman (Upper Elementary)
John Burst, Principal
Role & Composition of the LSAT at SWS
At SWS, the LSAT and the Parent-Led Committee Chairs meet monthly as the SWS Advisory and Support Team. The main responsibilities of the LSAT are to attend monthly team meetings, advise on the school budget, finances, and strategy and consider long and short term funding needs, and be available to advocate for the school and to support its approach and values with DCPS, City Council, etc.
There are a total of five LSAT elected parent positions. The positions come from each of the Learning Communities, plus an at-large position, so that parent involvement is equally distributed. Parent representatives are elected in the spring and serve the school year. The group also includes the principal, a teacher from each learning community, administrative school staff and a community member. Only the parent representatives are elected.