BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer's Report: February 20, 2017

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.

February Meeting-- 2/20/2017

The BSCO Board gathered to celebrate President’s Day with a lively meeting.  Elia Freedman was unable to attend.

Hannah Donohue, President, reported that the projector project continues to drag on.  BSE is waiting for a second required quote on opening up a wall panel to investigate what lies behind.  This step is necessary in order to continue the installation of the projector.  The last timeline had either spring break or July slated for installation.  With the continued delays, July is looking more likely.

Any additional income earned via the Auction will be used to purchase new projectors in the classrooms.  Many of the original projectors are failing throughout the building.  Jacob Whitehead and parent, Ashish Gupta, are working with an AV specialist to compile several quotes on various AV options for the classrooms.

Board applications for 2017-18 are now available online.  Five positions will be open, including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director of Communications.  

In collaboration with Janet Maza, the Board approved the purchase of 700 foil blankets for a grand total of $352.58.  These items will be kept on site indefinitely in case of an extreme emergency.

25 additional iPad covers were purchased from the tech budget for the iPad minis currently with Laurel Nakano, BSE’s Technology specialist.  Cedar Mill News reached out and suggested BSCO send over any announcements and/or volunteer needs that might appeal to seniors and community members-- specifically the recent call-out for volunteers to read to kindergarteners.  The bylaw draft is online and is still open for review.

Director of Committees, Holly Vanderploeg, shared that Book Fair was a success, earning over $14,000.  Artist in Residence has confirmed its artist-- Shuhe Hawkins.  Students will be making paper mache animal masks.  OBOB is down to just eight teams and Parent Ed has an upcoming presentation in March, as well as a Social Media presentation to the fifth grade in April.  Bobcat Trail is loving their new, more professional sign.  Science Enrichment is partnering with our PYP coordinator and Tonia Anderson in order to better bulk up student hands-on experience.  The fifth grade send-off committee has had their first planning meeting and appear to be moving well.  Science Fair sign-ups are now live and the event itself will feature the Future Bus, bee-keepers and other new science vendors.  The Author Visit has been rescheduled for March with a new author.  Books will be purchased online only.  Holly is continuing to solicit the community to see if anyone is interested in leading any Earth Day activities.  

Ava Palmquist, VP for Fundraising, reports that the Auction team is still seeking party hosts and live auction donations.  Tickets go on sale in two weeks.

BSCO’s treasurer’s report holds no surprises.   All items appear on track.  Next month’s meeting will begin the Board’s 2017-18 budget drafting.


The Board approved an additional $475 to Parent Education.  This year the Parent Ed series included four speakers instead of three and two speakers have raised their fees.  This will be taken from the Committee Discretionary line item.

The Board approved $450 to be spent on two new signage items.  The first will be some sort of banner or placeholder for the front fence, reserving prime fence real estate for BSCO and school banners.  The second will be a new a-frame sandwich board, and two accompanying dry-erase sides that can be used for any generic, BSCO/school announcements throughout the year.