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John Sager PTO Meeting MinutesWednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Meeting called to order at 7:08
  • Attendees: Kelly Gorton, Scott Kasenga, Shawna Corbett, Monica Boyle, Elena Mettler, Becky Samitore-Durand, Ryan Blake, Tuesdee Geis
  • Previous Meeting minutes – Shawna moved to approve, second by Mr. Kasenga. Approval passed
  • Old Business:
    • Officer Books –
      • President and Secretary books have still not been returned from last year. Many requests have been made. Kelly asked Mr. Kasenga to step in and try to make that contact.
    • Fundraising Letters –
      • Two fundraising letters have been sent out. Shawna sent one to Baker Boyer Bank, and Kelly sent one to Banner Bank. The College Place Banner Bank branch Manager responded that they are excited to work with us and asked Kelly to call her directly to discuss.
      • Kelly also applied for the Wal-Mart Community Grant for $3,000, should have a response in 60-90 days.
    • Chromebook distribution – Chromebooks and school supplies went out. PTO needs to write thank you notes to the school supply providers, if we write them Mr. Kasenga will sign them. **If you had a student help with those checkout days, be sure to have them get community service hour forms to Scott for signatures. 400 bags of school supplies were put together in thanks to Staples and WW Crime Stoppers
    • Shawna: Follow up with AIM Insurance – No change. Lloyd’s insurance agent expressed that if we change the policy over to Lloyds we will run a risk of a premium increase. We currently have a very reasonable rate.
  • New Business:
    • Vice President: Becky Durand was nominated. Ryan made the motion, Mr. Kasenga second. Approved as Vice President
    • Fundraising – no new news. Elena is working on some new suggestions but isn’t ready to present. She is looking at a fun idea for a drive-thru ice cream social for the students
    • Open Houses next week – Wed & Thurs (9/23&24) at 6pm – Wed is for 6th grade, Thursday for 7&8th grade. Links are on the website for the virtual open houses. Mr. Kasenga would like to have one or two PTO members to attend
  • Treasurer’s Report:
    • Banner Bank account balance - $1,200.35 (same as previous)
    • New Check Signers Need to make appointments with Banner Bank in CP
      • The following three names need to be removed from the bank account: Kate Watson, Kodie Mobbs, Rebecca Bissel – Kelly made motion to approve these names be remove, Mr. Blake second. Approved.
      • Add - Shawna Corbett, PTO President, needs to be added as signer
      • Add - Becky Durand, PTO Vice President, needs to be added as signer
      • Add - Monica Boyle needs to be added as the PTO Secretary
    • Kelly moved to approve these three account additions. Mr. Blake second. Approved
    • New signers need to call and make an appointment at the CP Banner Bank to get setup as signers.
    • Bank changes need to be completed as soon as possible, we have an outstanding reimbursement that needs to be processed from Fall Festival 2019
    • Kelly received a letter from the IRS informing us we are delinquent on our annual tax report. Becky will reach out to prior Treasurer for assistance.
  • Principal’s Report
    • Getting the technology devices checked out was huge! Thank you to everyone who helped.
    • Sager MS is at 372 students, this is great news. Last school year ending we were 382.
    • Sager Academy was scheduled to start Monday with 60 students but due to the smoke it has been delayed. Para-Pros for that program are training on writing lessons for the students. Writing is a great way for students to become more fluent in their reading.
    • Excited for the upcoming hybrid learning model. If the current Covid-19 numbers hold through next week, we hope to bring students back into the schools.
    • May need volunteers to help on October 19th to guide students back into their classes
    • Teachers have been tracking high/low engagement levels and para-pros will be reaching out to the low engagement students/families next week to find ways to increase their engagement.
  • Teacher’s Report
    • Mr. Blake spoke about the sixth-grade team. They have been working really hard to get to know the students and teach them proper online interactions and how to effectively interact in a virtual classroom.
    • Week-one of school was getting students more comfortable with the new technology and platforms, week-two has been teaching new material. It’s a learning curve for both students and teachers, as the teachers are having to find new ways of teaching material in some cases.
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:00-8:00pm
  • Meeting was called to close at 7:51