October 2019 PSTO Meeting Minutes

  • Meeting of the City High PSTO

    Oct. 21, 2019

    The City High PSTO held its first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. The meeting was held in the City High Commons at 6 PM, with executive board members Julie Eisele, Nathan Hellwig, and Catherine Pugh, along with Principal John Bacon.  Below are executive board reports.

    Principal John Bacon

    Mr. Bacon reported that he was contacted by the relative of a City High alumnus who passed away. This individual’s relatives have requested to create a scholarship in honor of this individual, to be based on honor roll, attendance and leadership. There will be more information available as this development proceeds.

    The administration has decided that the freshman/sophomore retreat will now be presented alternating years, vs. every year. This will still give students an opportunity to attend the retreat during one of their first two years at City High. This is partly driven by budgetary concerns.

    Parking at city High has not been problematic so far this year, despite the lowered number of parking spots available due to construction, though there is concern that this may be more difficult as the weather gets cooler. A fair amount of parking near Bates Field has been utilized and this has been helpful.

    There was a discussion of new lights needed at Bates Field. The current lights are now 36 years old. A suggested output of 50 is considered adequate to light an athletic field. The measurement at Bates Field is 16. Mr. Bacon said that the school district should be willing to fund this need.

    Mr. Bacon will send an email to teachers to ask them for their Teacher Wish List requests, due in early November. Mr. Bacon will present his recommended funding requests at the Nov. 11 PSTO meeting. We anticipate being able to spend $4500 on teacher requests this year.

    Nathan Hellwig, Teacher Representative

    Nathan reported that the school year is off to a good start. Teachers very much enjoyed the meals prepared for them during the two conference nights, Oct. 14 and 16, and appreciate the convenience of being fed before meeting with parents for several hours. Nathan will contact the Student Senate about the possibility of recruiting a student representative to the PSTO.

    Treasurer’s Report

    Dave Folkedahl, treasurer, will provide a detailed report at the November meeting. The current checking balance at Hills Bank is $3,186.87. In the past few weeks, we received almost $1,000 in donations from City High parents via our GoFundMe fundraiser, designed to collect funds for teacher meals as well as the Teacher Wish List. We will also receive a check from the district for PSTO donations parents made during registration. Julie will call the district to inquire about when those funds will be dispensed.

    Julie Eisele, PSTO President

    The PSTO will need to set a budget for 2019-2020. Hopefully this can happen at the November meeting. It’s not anticipated that the budget will be much different from previous years. We also need to recruit members to our executive board. We are in need of a secretary, vice president and volunteer coordinator.

    We have secured more car decals from Hollywood Graphics at a cost of $1,225.00 for 300 decals. This should last a few years. Some will be left in the main office, where the staff receive a fair number of requests for decals, and others  will be kept by PSTO personnel to sell at special events (such as Back to School night, teacher conference nights, etc.). As of 10.21.19, the decals had not been paid for or picked up.

    Julie asked the group whether we should try to host forums / discussion panels at City High, or use our time and energy to fund raise, help with teacher classroom needs, teacher meals, and volunteer needs. Input varied. It is difficult to get parents to attend our events with so many other things going on. Mr. Bacon suggested that we consider helping with a job fair event later in the school year. The group was enthused about this possibility and we will keep it on future agendas.

    Meeting adjourned at 7 pm

    Notes by Julie Eisele

    Future meetings: Nov. 11, Jan. 13, March 9, May 11. The PSTO will meet in the City High Commons at 6 pm, unless otherwise noted and shared.

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