WHITTIER ADULT SCHOOL
ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY
March 4, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 9:22 AM by Mrs. McKenna.
Mrs. McKenna welcomed everyone to the meeting.
The Council was encouraged to inform their fellow classmates on topics discussed at ASB meetings.
The minutes of the February 3, 2015, Daytime Council meeting were approved as written.
- Winter Term Ends: March 6, 2015
- Spring Term Begins: March 9, 2015
- Spring Term Ends: June 5, 2015
- Spring Break: March 23-27, 2015
The balance as of March 2, 2015, was $3,165.52.
Report from Evening ASB Council
The minutes from the February 4, 2015, Evening ASB Council were distributed. Mrs. McKenna explained that the minutes from each council meeting are given to the other council, so that they each know what is being discussed at each other’s meetings.
Mrs. Roberts gave a presentation to the Council regarding the Governor’s Budget Proposal. She explained that the January Preliminary Proposal, AB86, provides recommendations to the adult schools and junior colleges. In May, the Final Proposed Budget will be released. As changes are made, the Council will continue to be kept informed by staff. Mrs. Roberts assured the Council that the Whittier Adult School is financially sound for the 2015/2016 school year due to the stable financial condition of the District budget. Mrs. Roberts explained to the Council that a consortium will decide how the funding is dispersed. No longer will the funding for adult schools go directly to the district; instead, the consortium will decide how to best disperse the state funding.
Mrs. Roberts shared some new visions for the adult schools: better connections between the adult schools and the community colleges; better transitioning for students from the adult schools to the community colleges; better connections between adult schools and local businesses in order to enhance the possibilities of employment for the adult school students; and getting more input from local businesses regarding the types of skills they are looking for in potential employees, so the adult schools can implement the teaching of these skills into their programs.
Mrs. Roberts also explained how Whittier Adult School gets some other funding for the adult school. She explained that whenever an ESL or ABE student takes a CASAS test and receives a benchmark, funding for the school is received. This year the Whittier Adult School will get around $400,000 in federal funding from the students taking the CASAS test. In addition, the CTE department receives about $35,000 a year through the monies received from the Perkin’s Grant.
Mrs. McKenna informed the Council about an upcoming blood drive sponsored by PIH. The blood drive will take place in April, and the ASB Council has been asked to sponsor it. PIH spokesperson has assured Mrs. McKenna that very little help will be needed from the Council other than passing out flyers and hanging posters. PIH will be responsible for taking care of all the other details.
Mrs. McKenna shared with the Council that she had received positive feedback from students about Photo IDs being promoted with a poster on an easel in the snack shack area.
She also informed the Council that two umbrellas would be purchased and set-up on two of the picnic tables in the trailer grass area.
Mrs. McKenna let the Council know that their desire to have a bench built around one of the trees on campus is still being pursued. More information from MO is needed before a decision to build can be made.
The Daytime Council voted and approved the purchase of mobile batteries for the staff for the “Day of the Teacher” celebration. The batteries are on sale at Best Buy for approximately $14 a piece.
One of the Council members offered to make cake-pop centerpieces for this event. The Council will reimburse the student for cost of materials. Another student offered to make chicken salad for the luncheon. Mrs. McKenna thanked the council member for the offer, but informed the Council that the District has strict guidelines and policies regarding the serving of food from unlicensed cooks. Mrs. McKenna will check with the Director regarding this issue.
Mrs. McKenna requested that the students bring more ideas to the next Council meeting regarding the food to be served at the “Day of the Teacher” event.
A few students asked if the gym could be available to students during lunch time on rainy days. Mrs. McKenna will discuss this possibility with Mrs. Roberts.
The next ASB Daytime meeting will be April 7, 2015.
The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Audrey McKenna, ASB Council Coordinator & CTE Teacher