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.
Notwithstanding the freezing temperatures and first snowflakes of the season, the board met Monday evening to discuss initial plans for the next school year, auction preparation, upcoming board member vacancies and a number of other areas of business. A lot of great progress continues on building out BSE's water storage plan for emergency preparedness. After selecting and purchasing 5 water storage barrels, there is now a floored shed and location approved for the barrel storage. The capacity of the shed will accommodate 4 additional barrels which could be something the Board proposes to fund in the coming year.
President, Ashish Gupta, facilitated some initial discussion around budget and project planning for the upcoming calendar year. In addition to existing committee/program support and continued free admission to Monster Mash and Carnival, other funding opportunities such as increased teacher grants, continued makers space build out, improved cell coverage inside of the school, and other capital updates/improvements were discussed. Exact plans are pending final fundraising results.
Five BSCO board member positions are slated for re-election prior to the start of the 2019/20 school year. These include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large. The time is now to get the word out on these opportunities. All roles are open to any interested community members and they offer meaningful and exciting ways to be a voice and contributor in the BSCO programs at BSE, as well as team with fellow board members. More communications are planned. Application form and full description of the positions are accessible at the BSCO website under business. New board members will be voted on during the final 2018-19 community meeting on May 21.
The auction planning is in full swing. Ellen Rothery, Vice President of Fundraising, reported the current focus of the committee is on securing sponsorship. The committee is also constantly looking for more donations of restaurant certificates, event tickets and other silent auction package items. Along with a new venue for this year, the team is also planning to enable a mobile online bidding application for the first time. Save the date communications went home with students last month.
Katie Kammer, Director of Committees, shared plans for BSE's annual Science Night on Friday, Mar 15th. Similar to last year, the event will feature an impressive number of science demos and booths from local vendors and organizations, as well as makers spaces for hands-on creating, inventing and learning. The call for student exhibits is open and project entries should be submitted online. It’s a fun and unique experience for any age participant. Katie also shared committee lead vacancies for the coming school year, including Carnival, Walk to School and Coder in Residence.
The community is invited to view the current financials here.