GMM Minutes March 10, 2020

Cooper Middle School PTO General Membership Meeting

March 10, 2020

The General Membership Meeting was called to order at 9:31 a.m.

The January General Membership Meeting Minutes were approved with unanimous consent. 

Updates from PTO President, Heather Capps:

Dates to Remember-These are aspirational given the news about novel coronavirus COVID 19  Please keep in mind these dates are subject to change.

  1. World Heritage Night, March 19 6-7:30pm
  2. Update on Nominating Committee work
    1. Open Executive Board Roles: President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian
    1. Anyone interested in these or committee chair roles – please email questions@cooperpto.org
  3. Basketball game March 20 – SUG in this week’s newsletter
  4. Update on progress being made to move membership drive and spirit wear sales online using the Pay4SchoolStuff platform.
  5. 8th grade party – June 9 from 12 – 2:15 pm.
  6. April 14 GMM – Geoff Noto from LHS and Renovation Q and A – open to rising 7th grade parents.

IV. New Principal Introduction: Lisa Barrow: Ms. Barrow shared how excited she is to work with such an amazing administrative team. Ms. Barrow shared some fun facts about herself and expressed how much she is enjoying getting to know the students and making connections with all the Cooper families. 

Novel Coronavirus Update – Ms. Barrow provided an update on how FCPS, the county health department and her team is monitoring the fast evolving coronavirus situation. Cooper staff is proactively encouraging and creating opportunities for the students to wash their hands during the school day taking advantage of sinks in Science classrooms, looking at technology solutions and carefully considering implications of postponing or canceling school sponsored events.

V. New Assistant Principal Introduction: Maureen McLoughlin former AP at Franklin Sherman ES is Cooper’s new 8th grade AP.

VI. Renovation News Security Cameras at Cooper: 7th Grade AP Mike Rath-addressed the proposal to install cameras in the school as part of the renovation process. The primary goal is the security and safety of students and staff. The cost of the security cameras is included in the renovation budget which was funded by the public bond referendum. Forty three internal cameras and fifteen external cameras will be installed. The proposal is for cameras to be installed in the public access areas on school grounds and does not include installing cameras in the classroom. Cameras will not be installed in the bathrooms or classrooms. Data indicates that security cameras reduce vandalism and reduce the amount of time and resources spent conducting an investigation. Parents will be informed if any images containing their children are reviewed as part of an incident investigation. Video images are usually for internal school use and are not monitored continuously. These cameras will be operational once renovations at Cooper are completed. Some exterior cameras have already been installed in the South Manor mobile classroom units. The majority of parents present at GMM indicated through a show of hands they supported the security camera initiative. Parents will have an opportunity to provide additional feedback regarding the use of the cameras at a later date. Staff will explore options regarding installing cameras in classrooms and confirm if video is deleted or archived after 30 days.

VII. Langley Transition:– Langley PTSA President Elect Kitty Gonzalez spoke of the various volunteer opportunities at Langley High School. She encouraged rising 9th grade families to join the Langley ENews now.

Visit the Langley PTSA web page and click on ENews tab www.ptsalangley.org

Meeting Adjourned at 10:18 a.m.

The next General Membership Meeting will be April 14, 9:30a.m. Proposal of new slate of officers, renovation Q and A

Minutes compiled by Brenda Beeland, Corresponding Secretary.