Site Council

What is Site Council?
The Lake Harriet Community School (LHCS) Site Council is the school’s site leadership team. As the advisory and planning body for LHCS, it is a forum for staff and parents to provide direction to the administration and to enhance student achievement. The purpose of the Site Council is to examine existing or proposed policies and procedures and make recommendations to ensure sustained student achievement.
The Site Council’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to; long-range planning, monitoring of the school budget, advocating for our school’s needs and regular assessment of the effectiveness of LHCS's shared-decision making.


Site Council Members (2020-21)

Walter Schleisman  (Administrative Co-Chair)

Angie Ness (Administrative Co-Chair)

Heidi Weaver (Parent Co-Chair)

Ashley Gillingham - Assistant Principal, Administrative Representative 

Heather Hunt - Parent Representative 

Mekea Duffy – Parent Representative

Sarah Oehler - Parent Representative

Betsy Wagner– Parent Representative

Julie Elepano Swedlund – Parent Representative

Jason Walker – Parent Representative

Abbi Dion– Parent Representative

Scott Devens – Teacher Representative, Lower Campus

Deb Hansen - Teacher Representative, Upper Campus


2020-2021 Subcommittees

Each member of the Site Council is placed on a subcommittee with the possible exception of the parent co-chair, who can act in a "floating" capacity and fills in where needed. Each subcommittee sets up a schedule that works for the group to complete its assigned tasks. Each subcommittee reports back on the status of their work at each meeting. In addition to the committee chairs, individuals can join the subcommittees on an ad-hoc basis.



Purpose statement:


To learn, respond and adapt the Distance Learning experience of students, caregivers and teachers as needed.
To inform and engage families through continuous communication and feedback.
To reflect on the successes and challenges of Distance Learning.

Chair: Angie Ness

Scott Devens

Deborah Hansen

Heather Hunt

Betsy Wagner

Todd Schuman (ad hoc)

Adam Trachtenberg (ad hoc)



Task Force: MPS Comprehensive District Design (CDD)

Purpose Statement:

In support of the upcoming transitions resulting from the adoption of the Comprehensive District Design, our purpose is to:

  • Gather information:  Seek out information from the MPS District, MPS School Board and Site Councils at neighboring schools
  • Communicate:  Disseminate learnings to all Lake Harriet families as information becomes available
  • Support:  To the best of our ability, answer questions and provide additional tools in attempt to ease transitions for all Lake Harriet families who will be affected by the CDD

Chairs: Mekea Duffy, Kate Kerfoot

Julie Elepano Swedlund

Walter Schleisman

Heidi Weaver


Equity & Diversity

Purpose Statement: 


Examine the implicit and explicit bias in school wide systems, policies and practices that allow racial inequities to persist.


Chair: Ashley Gillingham

Jason Walker

Abbi Dion

Sarah Oehler

Rebecca Wright (ad hoc)

Todd Schuman (ad hoc)



Send questions, suggestions, concerns or ideas for Site Council to the parent co-chair, Heidi Weaver.