BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot: January 2016 Meeting

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 1/11/2016
Because no December meeting had been held, the Board kicked off 2016 by updating each other on varied BSCO business. Brian Rothery, Treasurer, was unable to attend.  His January budget report can be found here.  

The community survey has been a success with over 140 respondents (whoop!).  The survey will close Sunday, 1/17, with results ready to be presented at the Winter Community Meeting on 1/27.  After meeting with Tonia Anderson, BSE’s ESL teacher, the possible teacher grant for audio OBOB books for ESL students has been tabled until next year.  There were multiple logistical obstacles that can be alleviated next year by starting earlier.

The Board took some time discussing the new Student Safety Series that will be posted to our blog.  It’s intent is to highlight and raise awareness to various neighborhood and community student safety issues, starting with a piece on the crosswalk on McDaniel.  Ideas were also tossed around for any events/projects that could be funded by possible carry-over funds at the end of the year.  This will continue at upcoming meetings.  Ava Palmquist, VP for Fundraising, also gave an Auction update as they continue to procure items and sponsorships for the event.

Yolanda Leal and Jessica Gaibler, Directors of Volunteers, presented various volunteer updates.  Ms. Gillard is still looking for an art coordinator to help schedule volunteers for the K-2 grades.  BSD is rolling out a new volunteer software (goodbye HelpCounter! Hello Volunteer Management!) that will integrate both the background check and volunteer scheduling.  Bonny Slope will begin transitioning in February.  

Our tech advisor and BSCO secretary, Elia Freedman, reported that 60 Chromebooks have been ordered with a portion of this year’s Tech budget.  This purchase sets up the 2016-17 school year to begin with the completed technology vision, which is 1:1 in fourth and fifth grades, 3:1 in second and third grades, and 6:1 for first grade.  As a reminder, the light tables for the kindergarten teams were funded through the Technology budget as well.  

In other news, a Spring Book Fair isn’t happening due to scheduling issues and lack of necessity.  The Science Fair/PYP Night is moving to Thursday, 4/28 (a non-school night).  This will be the first year of integrating the two events.  The Artist in Residence chair, in collaboration with our art teacher, Ms. Gillard, is contemplating a different approach to the artist this year, one which would be an assembly style and not a hands-on project.  That project is still in the planning stage.

Wendy Russell, a BSE volunteer working on scheduling next year’s Author Visit, is requesting that BSCO increase its Author Visit line item by $1000 for next year, in order to secure David A. Adler, author of the Cam Jansen mysteries.  She is working with various schools to bring down the price but needs approval to begin moving forward.  This year’s author visit line item used only half of its projected $2000 budget (saving BSCO $1000).  The Board voted and approved this motion, with the possibility that any carry-over from 2015-16 could fund this request.