What happens at the Co-op Council Meetings?
Ongoing business and changes to the Policy and Procedures Manual are conducted at Council Meeting, held the 4th Thursday of the month. Anyone can attend, but only Council members may vote. Guests may request to present information or suggestions at the Council Meeting by submitting a written request to one of the Co-chairs.
What are Parent meetings?
Membership Meetings, often referred to as Parent Meetings, are mandatory and held the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM beginning in the gym. The general meeting portion includes voting on primary issues, such as how money is spent, and this is your chance to have a voice in the Co-op and learn important Co-op wide information. After this portion of the meeting, parents go to their child's class for a classroom meeting.
What if I can not make the meeting for some reason?
If you can't make it you can get someone to fill in for you, so long as it isn't someone already in the class. In case of an emergency, call your Parent Coordinator. The meetings are scheduled the same time/day each month. Please plan appropriately, so you can attend these important meetings.
Are children allowed at the meetings?
Only children under the age of one are allowed at the Parent Meetings.
How is the Co-op Funded?
MCEP is a school in the Marysville School District. It is funded the same way that other schools in the district are funded. The special financial needs of the Co-op are funded solely from parental support. Monies are used by the classrooms to fund field trips and outdoor school as well as pay for items that the District does not provide. The monies are obtained in two ways:
1. Monthly donations:
Parents are asked to donate $10 per child enrolled in the Co-op each month in which school is in session. Donations are voluntary and anonymous.
2. Annual fundraisers:
The annual fundraisers are a means of supplementing the monthly donation system, so that all families, regardless of their ability to contribute financially, can participate.
Are the donations tax deductible?
The Co-op is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible.
How else can I donate to the Co-op?
Many companies offer matching donation programs for charitable giving by their employees. Organizations such as the Boeing Company and United Way will match any contributions made to the Co-op, if employees will complete and return the appropriate paperwork. The Co-op Treasurer keeps the Boeing matching funds paperwork on hand and can answer questions regarding other employer's charitable contributions programs.
Of the money donated by parents and through matching funds and business incentive funded programs, at least 80% of the projected revenue is to be divided evenly among the classroom funds. No more than 20% of the projected amount can be used for administrative costs of the program.