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    3/8/21 - BLT Meeting Minutes

    Facilitator: Stephanie Clark
    Temperature Check: Deanna Baldi- Is everyone having an opportunity to participate? How are people feeling?
    On Task: Monica Ganyard- Keep us moving through the agenda
    Recorder: Rebecca Adamson - Non Voting Member
    Invited/Members: Monica Ganyard, Brennan Buck, Staci Barrett, Anna Hume, Katie Lyden, Jared Ogle, Rebecca Adamson, Jason Sciarrone, Elisa McCulloch, Morgan Leming, Stephanie Clark, Deanna Baldi, Anna Hume, Katie Lyden
    Absent: no one

    Teams Norms for BLT members:

    • Join with muted microphone.
    • Turn your video camera on so we can see each other.
    • Raise your hand when you would like to talk? – Identify yourself when you speak.
    • Be respectful and courteous in chat.

    New Business: Put together a budget proposal to bring to the staff to vote on. Goal - is to get 100% approval on a proposal to our staff.

    2021-2022 Staffing Proposal: Whittier maintains staff by staffing 18 classroom teachers, a .8 Literacy Specialist, and 3.0 specialist. This is an increase to the district allocation of 1.1 FTE.

    We propose that we use $102,000 Flexible PTA Grant and $10,000 Building Budget (Self Help Staffing Grant)

    • The BLT 100% endorses this proposal and recommends the building adopts this proposal so we can move forward in planning for next year.

    Background Information:
    District Allocation 2021-2022
    screen shot of staff allocations
    Notes During Minutes.
    **we need one more classroom to bump up to a 3.0 specialist
    **$158,000 PTA ask down to $112,000 for a .6
    **we were able to put together a 1.1 package for$ 112,000 with a flexible PTA grant and $10,00 from our building budget

    2021-2022 Staffing Proposal: Whittier maintains staff by staffing 18 classroom teachers, a .8 Literacy Specialist, and 3.0 specialist. This is an increase to the district allocation of 1.1 FTE.
    We propose that we use $102,000 Flexible PTA Grant and $10,000 Building Budget (Self Help Staffing Grant)

    Specialist Proposal for 3.0 Specialist for 18 classroom teachers plus 1 Focus Classroom. (These are possible suggestions once we get a clear idea of what next year looks like.
    40 minute - Specialist Classrooms (M, T, Th and F) Wednesday 35 Minutes
    20 minute increase of planning for classroom teachers.
    Targeted During Choice or Intervention Time and/or During Recess: SEL/ Art Therapy/Board Games
    Targeted During Choice or Intervention Time and/or During Recess: Mindfulness/Dramatic Play/Circus Arts
    Targeted During Choice or Intervention Time and/or During Recess: Push in Support for Focus
    Recess/Lunch – Enrichment/Supervision
    Safety/Attestation Support
    Global Reading Challenge or Small Group Literacy Groups

    Contractual PCP – 32 Minutes
    1.0 40 Hours a week 175 minutes of planning (With 35 Minute PCP)
    .9 36 hours a week or 7.2 hours a day/ 158 minutes of planning a week
    .8 32 Hours a week or 6.4 Hours a day/140 minutes of planning a week.
    .7 28 Hours a week or 5.6 hours a day/122 minutes of planning a week
    .6 24 Hours a week or 4.8 hours a day/105 minutes of planning a week.
    .5 20 Hours a week or 4 hours a day/ 87.5 minutes of planning a week.

    $39,000
    Additional needs looked at in June/October or if our population grows to 3.0 specialist we will consider funding the following areas.)
    .1 Nurse for a total (12,500)
    .1 Library (18000)
    Additional FTE / Hours for Math Specialist
    Additional IA support

    2021-2022 Staffing Proposal: Whittier maintains staff by staffing 18 classroom teachers, a .8 Literacy Specialist, and 3.0 specialist. This is an increase to the district allocation of 1.1 FTE.
    We propose that we use $102,000 Flexible PTA Grant and $10,000 Building Budget (Self Help Staffing Grant)
    • The BLT 100% endorses this proposal and recommends the building adopts this proposal so we can move forward in planning for next year.

    Conversation around proposal
    • What about playground supervision and additional supports / interventions?
    o We have $39,000 in flexible spending that we can use for next year and this year's budget currently has $60,000 that will rollover for supplies, supervision and other uses for next year.
    • What is the staff temperature?
    o One BLT member mentioned that a staff member met with her about concerns around nursing. We have funds that we can look at later (see above).
    • Does this proposal allow us to go through best case (100% back in person) and worst case scenario (hybrid or remote)?
    o We believe we are hiring a great team for whatever happens.
    • One member suggested sharing the proposed PCP schedule with staff so they can be clear what Specialists will be offering.
    • After this vote, we would like to ask staff for input to rank what is most important to use additional funds for: library, nurse, extra IA, agreed upon curricular supports, as well as every child needing materials (not able to share), etc.
    o Could PTA help fund supplies for students? Or charge families for supplies that the school will purchase.
    o Specialist programs will need additional supplies for push in services: Art on a cart, etc.
    Please talk to a BLT member if you have any questions. This is all pending on a PTA Community vote passing.
    There will be an informational meeting this Wednesday, 3/10 from 1:30-2:00.