Friday, May 06, 2016
Bright Futures Board to R-8: We need money until 2017-2018
During a special 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday night in the Memorial Education Building, the Board of Education will consider a request to consider funding positions for the upcoming school year and allow BFJ to become fully independent for the 2017-2018 school year.
A letter from the Bright Futures Board to the R-8 Board explains the situation with all bold letters placed exactly where the writer put them:
As many of you are aware, Bright Futures Joplin has been hard at work evaluating its efforts and transitioning to meet the needs of the current Joplin Schools student body and staff. Through the end of March, BJF has:
-Met the immediate needs of 247 students
-Managed the distribution of over 14,000 Snack Packs for food insecure children
-Provided school supplies to over 800 students
-Managed over 500 volunteers for a total of 8,000 hours
-Managed $61,000 in in-kind donations
-Helped support teachers' classrooms with $55,901.21 in classroom materials for students
-Funded the Operation College Bound program and
-Funded the 2016 Volunteer Breakfast
We are dedicated solely to the benefit of Joplin Schools' students and staff focusing on (!) meeting the immediate needs of students so they can be successful in school, and (2) increasing leadership capacity in Joplin Schools to assure every building has the supports and resources needed to take care of its kids.
BFJ has been working to become financially independent from the District has has in plans in place to make that happen by the start of the 17/18 school year.so that funds remaining in the District can be utilized for only student needs. This spring in an effort to save funds for the much-needed increase of pay and benefits for Joplin Schools employees, Joplin Schools Administration made the determination to no longer fund the Coordinator of Community Engagement position salary beyond the June 2016 fiscal year end (which was agreed upon through the BFJ JS MOF (memorandum of understanding) in December of 2015. Prior to January, Bright Futures Joplin has always sustained this salary from within the Bright Futures Joplin dedicated funds in the District (formerly the Bright Futures Joplin assistant coordinator) Due to this new understandable cutback, Bright Futures Joplin would once again like to support that salary.
Additionally, Bright Futures Joplin has had a contracted cost-share VISTA serving the program this school year who has been tremendously helpful. As the Director of Community Engagement's duties expand under Dr. Ridder's direction and she spends more time and attention elsewhere, BFJ would like to bring in Melissa Doura, (our current contracted VISTA) to help with fundraising, marketing, etc., in order to sustain the BFJ program long-term.
BFJ would like to request the use of the designated Bright Futures Joplin funds housed in the District to once again pay these salaries for the 2016-2017 school year. These positions are critical to BEJ's ability to effectively meet the needs of Joplin Schools, students, support volunteers, and fulfill our mission. After this next year, BFJ will be in the position to sustain those salaries long-term without using in-district funds, so this agreement will only be for one school year, beginning July 1, 2016.
Realizing that there are new members on the BOE, we are (as always) happy to entertain any questions and ensure that there is complete clarity regarding the relationship between BFJ and Joplin Schools, as well as four commitment to ensuring the success of our ongoing partnership for the benefit of Joplin kids.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Bright Futures Joplin Board Director