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Slingerlands May PTO Meeting Minutes

Filed in Archive by on May 14, 2018

May 8, 2018

I. Introduction

  1. Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm
  2. All attendees introduced themselves
  3. There were no changes to the agenda

II. Treasurer’s Report

Karyn presented the proposed budget for 2018-19.


  • Kidstuff coupon books brought in significant income. The board will discuss whether or not to keep or replace with another brand of book
  • Agreed to increase anticipated income for ASE to $1000
  • Fall Family picnic will be planned, carnival will no
  • Silvergraphics will not be planned due to new art teacher
  • Anticipated net income: $24,220 (up from $20,770 last year)


  • Accountant fees increased from $700 to $725
  • Art framing budget increased from $150 to $200 as we went over budget this year
  • 5th grade musical budget decreased from $1100 to $1000
  • Anticipated expenses: $30,860 (last year was $30,735)

III. School Budget Presentation

Superintendent Jody Monroe presented the proposed 2018-2019 budget.

*Vote on May 15th!*

IV. Announcements and Reports

  1. Principal’s Report
    1. The evacuation drill went very smoothly, we received many compliments on the children’s behavior. The drill was valuable in that some important lessons were learned in the case of an actual need for evacuation.
    2. Cafeteria behavior program is underway. Noise is the biggest issue, according to both lunch staff and the students. The current program is awarding golden tickets for good behavior, which can be traded in for a doodle table or lunch with Mrs. Bonacquist. There is also a Golden Spatula award given to the class in each grade with the most tickets.
    3. BC Seniors who attended Slingerlands were invited to a reception on 5/29. Grades 3-5 will also be able to attend.
  2. Teacher Representatives
    1. Field Day: To fulfill the need for volunteers, Robin proposed asking Room Parents and a set number of specific volunteers to follow each class throughout the day. This would reduce the number of volunteers needed. There will be approximately 20 stations needing volunteers.
    2. Mr. Dubray was the recipient of this year’s Sensational Staff award, and he was very appreciative.
  3. Co-President Report
    1. President’s Council Update:
      • Coordinated care will get increased focus in the Middle and High Schools (already in place in Elementary schools)
      • The district is putting together a committee to discuss school hour scheduling, to address concerns, pros and cons of modifying the daily school schedule (i.e. MS starting later). If anyone would like to volunteer for that committee, they should reach out to Heather White or Betsy Danz
    2. Spring Events/Fundraisers:
      • Spring Spirit Wear underway
      • Transportation Brunch: May 11
      • Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Night: May 22
      • Senior Assembly: May 29
    3. Board Positions and Committee Chair Openings The PTO has proposed the creation of a new board position, “VP of Fundraising”, to manage the multiple fundraising events that take place throughout the school year. The board will take this up again at the June meeting.

V. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Next Meeting: Monday, June 4th at 7 p.m.