In an effort to maintain 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.
March Meeting-- 3/4/2019
Cruising into spring and the final months of the school year, the board has begun to prepare for the 2019-20 school year. This includes discussing changes to the budget, identifying committee lead needs and preparing for board leadership transitions. Both principal, Janet Maza, and assistant principal, Ali Montelongo, were present and offered feedback on the BSCO budget and gave some insight on the BSD budget challenges, likely to translate to some changes in the 2019-20 school year. They were excited to share the outstanding final report BSE received from the IB committee. After a thorough assessment of PYP at BSE, including dialogue with community members, students and staff, the IB team applauded BSE's implementation of the International Baccalaureate elementary years education. No "matters" were identified.
Initial discussions and inputs have started on the 2019-20 BSCO budget which will eventually go up for community vote during the final BSCO community meeting on May 21st. President, Ashish Gupta, had the opportunity to collect input from teachers/staff members in a mid-year check-in last month. Community listening sessions planned for 4/3. The budget size for 5th grade science school will likely be scaled back, given the new non-overnight format. The first group enjoyed their experience, attending an off-site 2-day program led by Trackers. Entirely outdoors, the 5th graders studied and witnessed beaver habitats and behaviors, as well as worked in teams to design, build and test their own structures. The board discussed funding options, including STEM related projects, technology refresh needs, library updates and emergency preparedness expansion. The board also discussed increase to the budget for teacher grants, which often fund supplies and student enrichment which directly touch our students.
Director of Committees, Katie Kammer, shared various committee lead openings. There are a number of opportunities for those in the community looking to contribute in a very meaningful way, including OBOB, Bobcat Trail club, Carnival and 5th grade Activities/Pancake Breakfast. In addition to the committee lead opportunities, candidates for several board positions are needed. There are 6 members transitioning, including President, VP of Fundraising, Member at Large, Secretary, Treasurer and Director of Communications. In order to prepare for the ballot vote at the May 21st community meeting, online applications need to be submitted by 4/5. All board members may be contacted directly regarding any questions from interested candidates.
Ellen Rothery, VP of Fundraising, shared the excellent progress being made in preparation for this year's auction on April 14th. The auction site is live. Community members can purchase tickets and grade level student/teacher experiences, as well as make donations. The wine tasting and donation event is Friday, March 8th, at Erin's Wine Cellar.
And believe it or not, the time is near for planning end of the year classroom parties. Directors of Volunteers, Michelle Mulholland and Stephanie Wilson, will begin space planning for grade level parties. As in years past, many grades opt for outdoor parties, using the various grassy fields and covered areas on school grounds.