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2017-2018 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.   Read the 2017-18 Council Contract for all members.

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.  ***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
Leadership Council Minutes - May 10, 2018

Please find minutes from the May 10th Leadership Council meeting attached!

Leadership Council Minutes - April 12, 2018

Please find minutes from the April 12th Leadership Council meeting attached!

Leadership Council Minutes - March 8, 2018

Please find minutes from the March 8th Leadership Council meeting attached!

Leadership Council Minutes - Feb. 8, 2018

Please find minutes from the February 8th Leadership Council meeting attached!

Leadership Council Minutes - Jan. 11, 2018

Please find minutes from the January 11th Leadership Council meeting attached!

Leadership Council Minutes - Dec. 14, 2017

Please find minutes from the December 14th Leadership Council meeting attached!

Leadership Council Minutes - Nov. 9, 2017

Please find minutes from the November 9th Leadership Council meeting attached!

Leadership Council Minutes - Sept. 7

Please find minutes from the September 7th Leadership Council meeting attached!

First Council Meeting ~ Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! Just a few notes before our meeting on Thursday:

* Kate is coordinating childcare; we also need a volunteer to coordinate food for meetings. Any takers? We will have pizza on Thursday - bring a treat to share if you'd like!

* Thursday's agenda:

4:30 Mindfulness, welcome and Introductions (Diane and Maria)
4:45 Principals' Report (Diane and Maria)
5:15 Working Groups (Sheila and Patty, then all)
5:45 Barton Foundation budget update (Tom, Markus, Eric, and Diane and Maria)
6:30 End