PTO Meeting Minutes
School Budget Information Meeting
PTO Parents’ Information Meeting, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Attendees: Mark McDermott , Susan Nostrand, Amy Shore, Jessica Lucia, Carol Blanshine, Beth Cullen, Lesley Higgins
Focus Topic - Budget Discussion (Mark McDermott CSD Board)
Last year was a bad budget year, but now that Act 46 went through, CSD is consolidated. Mark is now the chairman of CSD.
There is a $75MM budget across the CSD. There will be no program cuts except art teacher, which is going down by .1. $77K project (CCS school roof) is rolled into new maintenance budget, so we will get a new roof and some improvements downstairs. Spending up 3-4%, cost per student is high in Charlotte, but our cost per pupil goes down now that we are consolidated. 11% tax cut will result. What you see in the school this year will be here for the 2017-2018 school year. A detailed report will be sent in the upcoming newsletter and posted on the PTO website.
Erik Beal (vice chair, budget) and Mark McDermott (chair, budget) are on the new board, representing Charlotte. CSD meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, and anyone in the community is invited. The next CCS school board is meeting on 2/21 at CVU – this meeting will address behavior issues in the schools and resources dedicated to those issues. School population in VT is shrinking, but behavioral problems are growing. It is hard to talk about specific discipline situations due to privacy rules, but they will be discussing data and reporting on the current state of affairs at CCS. These CCS school board meetings will continue to be held the third Tuesday of each month through May 2017, and then the CCS board will phase out.
Question – Will CCS continue to use Betcha since the rest of CSD uses a different company? We buy 3 buses each year, phase 3 out. The overall CSD board is determining whether there are transportation cost savings opportunities.
Update to front entrance at CCS – They will be moving the call button from outside to inside so that parents do not have to wait outside in inclement weather. We can do this now that there is a second set of secure doors in the lobby.
Retirement Update: Leslie Williams (7-8) is retiring. Alice Tragesar (Art) is retiring. Raises, but no cuts are included in the budget. Also, Bob Mason, COO of CSSU, is retiring.
Leadership at the state level: Phil Scott’s plan will not have an impact for the 2017-18 school year, but may next year. If you hear anything on the street that concerns you, please feel free to contact Mark, Erik or Susan with any questions. Current student at CCS population is 350-400.
- Intro - Welcome, around the room we introduced ourselves and reiterated that parents and faculty are welcome to attend PTO meetings.
- Treasurer’s Report
Grants paid out: $175 MePower Parenting Workshop, $320 Spanish Children’s Books, $150 Roll-up sleds for playground, Student Leadership Council “Beyond Bullying” conference $750, $500 Staff Professional Development Fractions Book Study
Grants Pending: $500 Book Fair vouchers (Mentoring/School), $300 PE Family Fun Nights, $700 Art, $700 PE, $1000 Library, $1616 Montshire Science Residency
Fundraising efforts—Hannaford Helps(ended, unknown amount-March), Box Tops $270, Annual Fund $3205
Staff Lunches Feb 10 (2nd/3rd), April 14 (K/1st)
Box Tops Deadline Feb 13---have them in to teacher before that date.
Hannaford Helps has ended, we should get payment in March
Scholastic Book Fair Feb 14-17th
Science Residency March 6-10
CCS Celebrate Science Night May 11
PTO Meeting April 6
Spring BBQ (Fun Run/Basket Raffle) Jun 8
Parents asked about when numbered grades start at CCS. The team explained the shift to proficiency-based learning, which continues through high school. The group discussed the challenges related to the new system:
- Assessments are not always sent home, so parents don’t have a sense for how their child is doing.
- Comments must be more robust to be helpful. Some teachers do not offer any comments.
- The PBL system is geared toward a more personalized, custom approach to teaching; however, some parents are not seeing that reflected on report cards.
- There is concern about parents dropping older children off at events and leaving them unattended, causing disruptions, and forcing other parents and faculty to step in and enforce basic behavior rules. We will discuss how to message school-wide expectations ahead of these events in the future.
- It was suggested that students could run the sound booth in the future, saving money and creating a learning opportunity for those interested.
- Overall, the show was a success. Thanks to Chea Evans for her coordination and dedication!
Phone Use at School
- Parents wanted information about the school policy on phone use during school hours.
- Is policy different for para educators?
- How is this being monitored?
Messaging to Parents – PTO asked how parents would like to get messaging about fundraising efforts, events and meetings
- Lunch menu
- School assembly announcements
- In the backpack
- Teacher blogs or email messages
The next PTO meeting is on April 6, 2017.
CCS PTO Secretary