Below are the notes from our March 2023 BMPA Community Meeting. Please let us know if you would like to help with any of the items or events in the notes.
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Community Events – Items
- Art Auction – Summary
Raised close to the goal of $3,000. Recognizing and highlighting artists at Circle of Excellence event and on social media. Thank you to the Chambers music students for the beautiful recital. Next year, BMPA will look at exploring diverse art mediums and maybe a new venue BMPA will send a survey for event feedback.
- Mentorship Program Update – Lisa
Moving forward with positive feedback.
- Community Belonging Summary – Mayor Ben Kessler
Working with school district and Bexley library on Community Belonging/Anti-Racism efforts. One Bexley Project is the working title.
City has done programming and conversations and trying to expand to larger audience of residents to talk and understand the city’s history and systemic racist past and how can the community support minorities coming into and currently live in the community.
Working on multi-institutional anti-racism program for the entire city. Exploring a community wide certification program that is incentivized. Meeting with Chamber and Superintendent and library leadership for community focus and conversations that are outside the classrooms and workplace and universally present throughout events. Benchmark is critical mass of individuals across broad ages participating.
Committee working on finalizing details.
Will be able to fund six scholarships at $1,000 each at the event. Deadline for student scholarship applications has been pushed back to April 1.
Submissions are in for recognition of Friends of Bexley Award for supporting BMPA, and Teacher or Staff of the Year Award, Bexley Resident Award and Alumni Award.
Career Fair from 5-6pm in the cafeteria with refreshments. Informational interviews with 10 professionals and 5 trade careers available to talk with students.
- City Events
State of Community is 6:30pm in the Bexley Library Auditorium on March 14th.
BMPA is donating to help with security and supplies.
Event information will be sent to school PTOs and Bexley Blast
- School Job Openings – Bryan
New Assistant MS Principal – Jerome Price from Olentangy School District is under consideration. Will conduct a welcome event if approved by the board. Exploring ways to support staff.
Expect any more openings will be known after April. Open positions are posted here https://www.bexleyschools.org/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx
- School Board Update – Dr. Baker
School board met on March 6th and discussed SEL activities and the parent group, Erasing Racism in Bexley Schools, ERBS, presented.
District financials are healthy.
Board is emphasizing actions moving forward including policies on anti-racism and discriminatory language in the policy.
Discussion of the proposed Montrose shade design.
- School Strategic Plan
Meeting tonight, 3/13.
- Easter Egg Hunt at Schneider Park
April 1st from 1-2:30 pm for the second annual Easter Egg Hunt looking for sponsorships and plan to have 1,000 eggs. Includes author sponsorship and book reading.
BMPA voted to provide financial support.
- BMPA leadership transition
BMPA to meet in May to discuss leadership and board positions for the next school year.
- Eliminating Racism in Bexley Schools (ERBS) has a survey out for feedback and presented at the March school board meeting.
ERBS is focusing conversations directly with the schools.
BMPA is continuing conversations with ERBS to support efforts.