Local School Advisory Team

The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The team (formerly the Local School Restructuring Teams) consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, a community member, and in some cases students, to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students. These teams were initially established to serve in an advisory capacity to the principal for the purpose of improving student outcomes.

Local School Advisory Teams are tasked with advising the principal on matters such as: allocation of school resources; organization of the school; curriculum options, including special or supplementary course offerings and specialized research-based instructional strategies; budget decisions; priorities and considerations for staffing patterns and the selection of personnel; monitoring overall student progress; school culture, and family engagement.

To learn more about what LSAT does, visit the DCPS LSAT page. LSAT meetings are open to observers.


2022-2023 LSAT Members


Parent representatives


Jonathan Topping (2nd)
Kate Bowers (2nd)
Kim Zaikov Cooper (3rd) Sarah Knight Marvar (1st & 4th)

Community representative


Arsema (Arsie) Solomon (K & CES)

Nathan Abraha (5th)

PTA representatives   Claire Cinque
Mia Olsen

Teacher representatives   Dawn Gray
MaryEllen Noonan
Victoria Ouellette
Yvette Hicklin
Sarah Schiers

WTU representative   Beth Prince


Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm, with exceptions for school closures and holidays.

Meetings (SY2022-2023)

August 15, 2022 - Minutes

September 21, 2022 - Minutes

October 19, 2022 - Minutes

November 16, 2022 - Minutes

December 14, 2022 - Minutes

January 18, 2023 - Minutes

February 15, 2023 - Minutes


Meetings (SY2021-2022)

September 22, 2021 - Minutes

October 27, 2021 - Minutes

December 15, 2021 - Minutes

February 16, 2022 - Minutes

March 16, 2022 - Minutes

May 18, 2022 - Minutes