February 2016 Booster Club Meeting Minutes

2/18/16

Attendees:
Amy Hopper, Deb Tractenberg, Elissa Robins, Karen Lucente, Kikka Hanazawa, Vesa Tontti, Julie Silliman, Morina Lichstein, Liz Jereski

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS (Amy Hopper)

--We scheduled the night Booster meetings in an attempt to include more parents. We had a great first couple of meetings but attendance has dropped and it’s disappointing. Changing to do the evening meeting quarterly.

--Mindfulness:

1. Curtesy to neighbors. Are we being mindful of our neighbors with our parking and safety?

2. The Whale: it is unorganized. Please be respectful and careful when you go to the Whale.

President Elect – we need to find someone for next year.

Booster Survey is going out. We want people to be involved and know how Booster is spending their money and we want people involved in budget decisions.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT (Absent)

Working on the school budget. It is coming due.

TEACHERS’ REPORT

Teachers are submitting their priorities for the 2016-2017 budget.

GOVERNING BOARD REPORT

--Working on the bigger picture for the school in creating the charter.

-- “Gardening guys” came requesting more money for their program. It is not in the budget. Can they request donations from the community in the form of gift cards?

TREASURER/BUDGET – How we spend the budget?

We are working on next year’s budget. Looking at every line item. Need more definition/description for the line items.

Things to consider:

Computer hardware and printers not included on the budget. Considering computer capital campaign.

Have to include possibility of teacher raises. Need to be prepared for cost of living raises and include a 3% cushion—maybe even 10% padding. (Debate whether parents would donate for a cushion—rather donate for concrete items). Parents like to know where their money is going.

Technology will have to be updated next year. LAUSD does not provide computers. They give ipad - 2 per class. They don’t supply printers, or ink or IT support. Need a capital campaign of $50,000 for 30 computers as well as:

– Digital learning, hardware replacement, IT Support.

Booster pays for 89 % of direct program expenses. Pays for personel, science, music, drama, teacher’s aids (10 teachers)…

Stock donations have been strong this year.

We should talk to a non-profit CPA.

ANNUAL GIVING UPDATE

Need to reach out to those who have not donated yet. Need to send the message out to the community that per student spending is $1300. Should we raise next year’s annual giving?

COMMUNITY EVENTS/LARGE EVENTS

Fiesta and Auction coming. Auction will be presenting a “Popsicle Party” to the class that donates the most items.

COMMUNICATIONS—

Discussions about updating the Canyon Website. Testing Shopify.

MEETING ADJOURNED