Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – January 2016

January 12, 2016, Library

Patricia Parker, Mary-Britt Love, Julie Ohrazda, Rachel Gleeson, Leeann Huntington, Dan Sanger, Jason Smith, Tiffany Morgan, Jennifer Mahlum, Joan Crooks, Whitney Griesbach, Lauren Abraham, Michelle Ireton, Phil LeTourneau, MC Schmitt, Kristin Zwiers, Smriti Shetty, Gina LaPorta, Kim Larsen, Carleen Confer, Amy Shanafelt, Meghan Delaney, Anna Marburg

December Board Meeting Minutes – Approved

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report & discussion of PTSA budget process (Lauren Abraham & Jennifer Mahlum)
    See attached budget – Large SPS invoice came in.
    First Budget Committee will be March 30
    Will meet 2-3 more times and approve at June General Meeting
  2. Legislative Update & recap of Board vote to support Schools First and the upcoming schools levies on the February ballot (Joan Crooks)
    State session has just started. Email your legislators and start a relationship discussing schools now. Schools/Education in subject line. Feb 3 is State PTSA Focus Day (lobbying event) in Olympia. Joan will organize a Bryant contingent.
    Feb 9 is the Seattle school levies election which would provide for 25% of the schools budget for operations and capital needs.
    PTSA has pledged $500 to Schools First to promote the passage of the levies and voted over email to support Schools First both monetarily and by promoting to the Bryant Community
  3. Recap of Board vote to fund the 4th Grade ceramics program at $950 from unallocated funds (Leeann Huntington)
    PTSA voted over email to support the 4th Grade ceramics program with $950 from unallocated funds
  4. Recap of Board vote to fund staff PLC training this summer with $8000 from unallocated funds (Leeann Huntington)
    The PTSA voted over email to fund $8000 of the staff PLC training out of unallocated funds. This training will be for 24 staff members to build on the the work that Bryant staff and administration have started this school year to build collaborative teaching communities. This leaves about $6200 in unallocated which is low compared to how much has been kept in unallocated in the past.

New Business

  1. General Membership discuss and vote to move over-budgeted monies from the current 2015-16 PTSA budget to unallocated to fund staff PLC training this summer. (Leeann Huntington)
    The total cost to send 24 staff members to the training is about $15,500.
    The PTSA advocates moving $2000 previously budged for Math Champs, which is no longer a program at Bryant, having been replaced by the 5th Grade team’s walk to math curriculum.
    Motion to approve moving $2000 from Math Champs to the new line item to fund PLC training. The building will fund the balance of the $15,500 training fees by spending supplies funds.
  2. Presentation on what Bryant students and classrooms have accomplished in the first year of the Tech Lab program. (Patricia Parker)
    See slide presentation. Review teacher survey results online 
  3. Discussion of 2016-17 bell times and creation of task force to look into how this would affect operations at Bryant (Leeann Huntington)
    2016-17 school hours will be 7:50-2:10. ASE and LASER programs will likely be affected, and the school day change will be a major operational change for families. The PTSA is looking to start a task force including ASE, LASER and staff/administration to plan to help families adjust to the different start/end times. The team will look into current LASER and ASE usage and likely after school needs with the new hours.
  4. Looking for Blast leadership team. Many of the planning positions have already been filled. But we’re still looking for a couple of lead coordinators to run the show.

Meeting adjourned 8:26