Columbia Secondary School ● Parent Teacher Association

MEETING MINUTES

Daisy Farina, President Maria Herrera, Fundraising VP
Sean Stanton, Treasurer Virginie Glaenzer, Secretary

Meeting held Wed., May 8th, 2013 from 6 – 7:30 PM in Rm 404

I. Opening Business
Daisy introduces the proposed April minutes, which were approved, and review today’s agenda.

II. Discussion
A. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
1- Friend of CSS Phone a Thon : 10 parent volunteers to call the majority of our parents’ community about 400-500 parents.
2- PTA and SLT join efforts on Parent Outreach for Space and Safety Issues. A petition was used to approach our political leaders which lead to a number of meetings.
3- Safety and Space Issues Update : A few incidents happened around the school and the assistant principal Lenice Nelson shares some tips for parents to share with their children about personal safety. Safety tips were given out to all by email.
4- New Parent Coordinator-Andi Velasquez

B. PRINCIPAL’S REPORT
1- Our Principal discusses the lack of spaces and its challenges for our school. A meeting and presentation was held last week. Bathrooms are being expanded, outlet installed in the 4th floor, the library will be converted into a media room and new class will be added. Despite those upcoming projects and allocations, the school is still under funded to provide decent facilities to students and the principal insists on continuing the discussion to find alternatives through relationship buildings at the right level.

C. TREASURER’S REPORT
1- Treasurer states that PTA hold about $7300 in bank.

D. NEW BUSINESSES
a) Nominating Committee-Victor Acosta, Maria Herrera and Alison Loeb. Elections will be next meeting. Kevin Daly accepts the position of .
b) Identified Candidates for New Officers for 2013-2014

E. OLD BUSINESSES
a) 8th Grade Step Up Ceremony Update : communication will be send out to parents shortly. Ceremony will be held in the school and then the ballroom will be held in a location nearby.
b) Yearbook Update and Deadline extended until Monday May 13th.
d) Special Guest- France Bu, Parent and Associate of Legal Shield : legal representation at a low cost.

F. OTHER BUSINESSES / EVENTS
May 9th-Curriculum Night for both Middle and High School-5:30pm
May 19th- AIDS Walk run by HS Student Government
June 7th- Last Bake Sale
June-Career Day organized by Kristin Harris (TBD)
June-End of Year Picnic

III. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM
Next meeting on Wednesday June, 12th 2013 @ 6:00 pm

Dated: April 8th, 2013 Virginie Glaenzer,
CSS PTA Secretary