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2016-2017 Barton Leadership Council

The Barton Leadership Council is comprised of parents and staff members who meet once or twice a month to identify school improvement priorities, guide overall staffing, program and budget decisions, plan and implement fundraising activities, and encourage broad participation from all members of the school community.

The Council’s official MPS-required by-laws and, perhaps more important, a description of the traditions that guide our Council can be found here.

Council meetings are held on one Thursday each month from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Media Center. See the Barton School Calendar for specific dates and times.

Leadership Council Meeting Dates for 2016-17:

November 3, 8AM-4PM, Council Retreat, Minnesota Humanities Center (details to be announced)

Meeting Dates: September 15 (Budget), October 27, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 9, March 15 (note revised time for 3/15 meeting only, 4-5pm), April 20, May 18

***All meetings are open to any member of the Barton community.***

Agenda planning takes place the week prior to each scheduled Thursday meeting.  If you have a question, issue or concern that you would like the Council to address, please contact a representative on the Council or the principal.  If you are looking for Council meeting notes, agendas or news from previous years, please look under the Archives section on the right.





The Leadership Council spends part of each meeting in small working groups in order to delve more deeply into topics key to Barton's values. All members of the community are welcome to attend these sessions. 

Have an idea you'd like to get launched? Want to get involved in one of the groups? Have questions about something related to one of the topics? Please contact the liaison(s) for that group:

  • Health/Wellness: 
  • Contact Sara and Sheila
  • Mission: To increase opportunities for enhancing growth and development in the social/emotional, physical, and environmental health of the community.
  • Fundraising: 
  • Contact Tom and Janelle 
  • Mission: To reinvigorate giving, thoughtfully and inclusively.
  • Communications: 
  • Contact Arwen
  • Mission: To clear the arteries of communication — promoting open, frequent, transparent, multi-directional exchange of information.
  • School Climate/Social Emotional:
  • Contact Tricia
  • Mission: To ensure that all staff, families, and children feel welcomed and a strong sense of belonging to the Barton community.
  • Progressive Education: 
  • Contact Markus
  • Mission : To educate new families and staff about progressive education
February Council Notes-2/16/17

Click here to read the notes from the February Council meeting...

We will meet on Thursday, March 9, for the principals to present the proposed budget or budget scenarios, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Media Center.
For those interested in hearing more about the final budget before it's submitted to MPS, join us for an update from the principals on Wednesday, March 15, 4-5 p.m. in the Media Center.

There is no meeting on 3/16.

Please continue to gather thoughts and feedback on the Leadership Council endorsement process. We will discuss this on March 9 or at our April meeting.

February Council Agenda ~ 2/16/17

The February Council meeting will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  There is no agenda because we will be discussing the 2017-18 Barton budget.  All parents are welcome to attend!

January Council Notes

Click here to read the notes from the January Council meeting...

January Council Agenda

The next Council meeting will be on Thursday, January 13, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend.  Click here to read the agenda...

December Council Notes

Click here to read the notes from the December 15, 2016 Council Meeting...The next Council meeting will be on January 19, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Council Agenda ~ 12/15/16

The next Council meeting is on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend.  Click here to read the agenda...

Council Agenda ~ 11/17/16

Click here to read the agenda for this week's meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend! Also, please review the leadership profile. Michael Thomas (MPS chief of schools) would like us to update this (or approve it as it); we will have 15 minutes to discuss as a group, and/or you can send thoughts to Becky ( by next Tuesday.


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