BSCO’s Spring Community Meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 23rd. Included in the meeting agenda will be the approval of the 2017-18 budget. This final draft is being presented for community review prior to the meeting.
Next year’s budget includes slight changes in both income and committee expense. All adjustments from last year’s budget are noted in red in the far right side column.
Two significant additions to the budget include:
Cultural Enrichment fund ($1000). This would be used by BSE admin and staff to bring more cultural awareness programs and presentations to our student body.
STEM in Residence ($8000). Patterned after our Artist in Residence program, this new committee would bring in a STEM instructor to present several hands-on sessions with our student body.
BSCO’s Technology line item has been significantly reduced to $10,000 (a reduction of $15,000 from the previous year). This is due in part to the influx of devices provided to Bonny Slope from BSD’s Future Ready initiative. This fund will now provide a smaller number of replacement devices and possible tech accessories.
This budget includes the intentional spend-down of a portion of BSCO reserves. This carry-over funds reduction includes five items, totaling $41,000:
Free Monster Mash admission- October 2017 ($3,000).
Free Carnival admission- June 2017 ($5,500). This line item was increased by $500 in order to incorporate activities with BSE’s 10th Birthday Party.
Online Math Subscription ($4,000). Formerly IXL, this line item was intentionally left generic in this budget. BSD will be rolling out a new math adoption next fall and there may be other subscriptions more aligned with those standards.
Student Body Paper Fund ($3,500). BSCO would provide two reams of paper per student, eliminating this item from the school supply lists.
Classroom Projectors ($25,000). This line item will fund the replacement of failing classroom projectors. Because of the logistical quandaries and technological possibilities, research will continue this summer before beta testing a classroom next fall. BSCO hopes to replace 15 projectors in 2017-18.
These items were chosen in collaboration between your BSCO Board and BSE principal, Janet Maza. Including these reduction items will not negatively impact BSCO’s cash flow, and will allow us to actively manage our savings while still maintaining a reasonable and prudent reserve total.
In addition to approving next year’s budget, we will also vote in next year’s Board. As a reminder, all parents at BSE are voting members of BSCO.
Any questions or concerns regarding this budget can be directed to Hannah Donohue. Please join us for this final community meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd in the BSE Library at 7pm.