In an effort to boost transparency between the BSCO Board and the BSE community, a monthly snapshot will be published of the various topics discussed at the Board's monthly meetings. These are not official minutes or a detailed description, but rather a window into the discussion and voting results of the Board.
January Meeting-- 1/16/2017
The Board braved the elements to meet, discuss and chuckle over the recent snow days. Everyone was glad to get back to business with other adults. All Board members were in attendance.
Hannah Donohue, President, reported that the projector project is yet-again at a standstill, as finding a location for the AV panel (in the wall) is proving difficult. Jacob Whitehead, Janet Maza and Steve Sparks are continuing the discussion with BSD officials.
Board applications for 2017-18 will be available in February. Five positions will be open, including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director of Communications. Hannah is planning a direct email to K-2 families, outlining the open positions and duties.
After a parent email, the Board is looking into providing additional kleenex and winter care supplies to each classroom. Additionally, after the recent snow storm that left children at the school until after 8pm, BSCO is working with Janet to provide any needed emergency supplies, such as foil blankets.
Director of Committees, Holly Vanderploeg, shared that Book Fair is a go for Feb 13-17, Art in Residence is in the works, OBOB is delayed again due to closures and Parent Ed has an upcoming presentation in February. Holly will also be soliciting the community to see if anyone is interested in leading some Earth Day activities. Talent Show will not be running this year, as no parents stepped up to lead.
Presto and the all-school dance party have been rescheduled for the end of January. Ava Palmquist, VP for Fundraising, reports that the Auction team is seeking party hosts and live auction donations. This year’s event will have a different feel, with casino tables with play money. Due to the incredible volume of work included in a silent auction, they have opted to bulk up the prize wheel, community parties, and classroom art. There will still be a varied price point for all attendees.
Elia Freedman, Secretary, shared the latest draft of the newly proposed Bylaws. His bylaw committee, which included Hannah and four non-Board community members, finished their draft last weekend. There were a few minor tweaks, but this draft will be presented via the blog and at the community meeting for public consumption. After taking in public feedback, the Board intends to vote on this new Bylaw document at the final Community Meeting in May.
BSCO has slowed its roll through December, as there have been fewer events and fewer school days. Brian Rothery’s Treasurer’s Report is found here. Aside from the accountant’s fees increase from last year, the vast majority of line items are under budget.
Two grades were able to squeeze in their winter party before last week’s closures. The Board is leaving any more party decisions/reschedules up to Janet and the teachers.
BUDGET REQUEST REVIEW
The Board approved an additional $150 to Bobcat Trail Club in order to purchase a new sandwich board poster. This will be taken from the Committee Discretionary line item.