Each New York City public school is required to establish a School Leadership Team (SLT), consisting of equal numbers of parents and staff. Parent and teacher members are elected to the SLT for a two-year term. Elections are held in the late spring for parent members and early fall for teacher members. In addition, the principal, UFT union representative, and PTA president serve on the SLT.

The SLT has an extremely important and rewarding job of developing and enacting PS 261’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). The SLT also works to align the school’s budget with the CEP in order to achieve our annual goals. Among the SLT’s other activities are planning and sponsoring workshops for parents and teachers aimed at addressing challenges at school and at home.

The SLT meets once a month on a Friday at 7:30 AM. Check the website for meeting dates and locations. Members of the 261 community who are not among those officially elected to serve on the SLT may still come to meetings to observe and are encouraged to talk to the elected representatives outside of meetings regarding their concerns and to make suggestions.

Joining the School Leadership Team (SLT) (Updated 2/23/21)

Minutes from the meetings are available to download below.

2020-21 Current Members

Parent Members

Supriya Doshi (PTA President), La Tisha Davis (Chair), Jenny Fox , Alissa Crouse, Bryan Caplin, Caroline Escobar

Staff Members

Erica Davis (Principal), Rocco Oppedisano  (UFT Rep), Jamie Gifkins, Kady Safer, Nichole Dembert, Rebecca Austern, and David Faitelson, 


2021, March 26

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2020, December 18

2020, October 9


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December 2016 SLT Minutes

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December 2015 SLT Minutes

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