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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 5:00-6:00 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 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:


Contact: Sheila Eldred

  • Mission: To increase opportunities for enhancing growth and development in the social/emotional, physical, and environmental health of the community.


Contact: Kate Guin

  • Mission: Support Barton financially
  • Headline: To connect talent and funds, with needs and aspirations
  • Goal:  120,000

Equity and Engagement:

Contact: Kate Rush

  • Mission: To ensure that all staff, families, and children feel welcomed and a strong sense of belonging to the Barton community.
  • Headline:  Listening and Learning.  This was a year of Barton Talks about what equity can look like, sound like, and feel like at Barton.

Progressive Education: 

Contact:  Kristin Sonquist

  • Mission : To educate new families and staff about progressive education. 
  • Headline:  All parents should be able to define and support what open and progressive education means for their child.  


LC and PTO Meeting Dates
Leadership Council & PTO Meeting Dates

ALL Leadership Council (LC) Meetings will be held in Barton's Media Center from 5:00-6:00 p.m. followed by our Barton PTO Meetings from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Please find the LC and PTO meetings listed below:

  • Thursday, 9/19
  • Thursday 10/10
  • Thursday 11/14
  • Thursday 12/12
  • Thursday 1/9
  • Thursday 2/13
  • Thursday 3/12
  • Thursday 4/9
  • Thursday 5/14
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