Board Snapshot: August 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.

August Meeting-- 8/29/2016

The new 2016-17 Board kicked off the year to discuss various BSCO topics and confirm their meeting dates and year goals.  Matt Hire, Member at Large, and Ava Palmquist, VP of fundraising, were unable to attend.  The Board will continue their focus on budget awareness, over communication and levity this school year.  

The Playground Playdates in August were well attended (12-20 families each week) and well received.  The wall-mounted projector (funded in this year’s budget) is at a standstill with the District due to the large number of district-wide improvement plans.  Both Janet and Jacob Whitehead have been working the angles to speed up the process.  

Hannah Donohue, President, asked the Board to review her materials for her staff-wide BSCO presentation on 8/30.  The focus will be on BSCO’s teacher support-- specifically the Teacher Fund and Teacher Grant programs.  The new mVP system and BSD’s group gift policy will also be covered.

Jog-a-thon is back at it, with materials to be copied/collated this week.  The switch to Pledgestar has been successful and it appears to be an easier platform.  The JAT leads will look into having the parties held before or after school.  The top prize has changed to a laser tag party for those students earning over $300.  

Elia Freedman, Secretary and Tech Advisor, shared that our BSCO newsletter will be back on 9/15.  Together with Hannah and Holly Vanderploeg, Director of Committees, the website was given a complete review and various pictures, links, descriptions will be updated.  

BSCO purchased 30 Chromebooks and 15 iPads for the 2016-17 year.  Together with the 90 chromebooks given from the District, the tech vision is complete.  It includes:

1:1 Chromebooks in fourth and fifth grade
2:1 Macbooks in 3rd grade
2:1 iPads in 2nd grade
6:1 iPads for 1st and Kindergarten

Money is already rolling.  Brian Rothery, Treasurer, gave his treasurer’s report.  BSCO’s fiscal year begins July 1, and this report details any check that went out after that deadline (and includes several reimbursements from events that took place last school year).  The BSCO audit, held last month between Brian, Hannah & Elia, was successful.  A Board goal this year is tightening up our internal controls.  The possibility of two Treasurers next year was thrown out, and eliminating the Member-at-Large position.

The new mVP system continues to be the push this fall.  Jenna Dornblaser and DeDe Osborne, Directors of Volunteers, reported that the Packet Stuffing was a success and that a Welcome New Family email was scheduled to be sent.

Holly VanderPloeg, Director of Committees, shared that the BSCO Lead Meet and Mingle last week was a fun time, though a summer event is difficult to accommodate so many vacation schedules.  Bobcat Trail Club leads have been found, while BEST (Walk to School Day) continues to be a struggle.  The Talent Show, a new committee this year, has had zero interest.  Unless someone steps up, the Talent Show for grade K-4 will be eliminated from the year’s lineup. 5th grade Talent Show is on either way.

There were no fiscal requests or teacher grants to review at this meeting.