Planning and Oversight Committee (BSEP)

Since 1986 the generosity of Berkeley taxpayers has strengthened Berkeley schools and given Berkeley’s public school children opportunities for quality education which they would not otherwise have had. In return, the parents and community members who serve on the district-wide BSEP Planning & Oversight Committee have been vigilant in safeguarding the BSEP dollars, ensuring that the funds generated by the voter-approved tax measure are spent according to the terms of the Measure.

The P&O Committee, mandated by the BSEP Measure and comprised of representatives from
every school, meets regularly to:

  • Review the implementation of the many aspects of the BSEP Measure, ranging
    from Class Size Reduction to Music & the Arts, from Technology to Professional
    Development for Teachers, and much more;
  • Ensure that BSEP funds are spent in compliance with the Measure;
  • Make annual recommendations to the School Board for the use of BSEP dollars.

Before BSEP funds are spent, spending proposals may be discussed in Planning & Oversight subcommittees, and then must receive two readings at the P&O Committee as a whole. After approval by P&O Committee, the proposals are sent to the School Board for approval.

The Planning & Oversight Committee also reviews the BSEP Year-End Report in early December each year.

The members of each school’s School Governance Council (and BHS BSEP Committee) are elected each September. The newly elected SGCs (and BHS BSEP Committee) then select their school’s Planning and Oversight Committee Representative. The P&O Representative does not need to be a member of the SGC, but does serve as a liaison between the P&O and the SGC. The term of office of the P&O Representatives is October 1 – September 30.

Serving on the BSEP P&O Committee is a great way to gain a district-wide perspective, and to learn about and weigh in on district priorities. Parents who are interested in joining the P&O Committee should speak with their principal or SGC Chair. Interested parents may also contact the BSEP & Community Relations Director at NatashaBeery@berkeley.net.

For more information about the School Governance Councils and the Planning and Oversight Committee, please refer to their Bylaws. Those regarding School Governance Councils are found here. The bylaws directly governing P&O are posted here.

For more information on BSEP, visit the main BSEP page. Or download the 2-page PDF describing BSEP by clicking here.

Planning and Oversight Representatives

Representatives for the 2015-16 school year can be found here.

Planning and Oversight Calendar

Live calendar can be found here.

BSEP Meetings & Events Calendar

Planning & Oversight meeting agendas are posted 3 days before the meeting. See listing lower on this page.

Planning & Oversight Committee Meeting Information

Planning and Oversight Committee meetings are held in Berkeley Unified District Office, 2020 Bonar Street, Room 126, Berkeley, CA 94702. The Committee usually meets on the second and/or fourth Tuesday of the month (once a month in the Fall, and two or three times a month in the Spring), from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. All P&O Committee meetings are open to the public. Interested parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

To receive the P&O meeting Agendas via e-mail, please contact the BSEP Program Specialist ValerieTay@berkeley.net.

Planning & Oversight Committee Meeting Agendas, Materials, Minutes

All  meetings are held at the Berkeley Unified District Office, 2020 Bonar Street, Room 126, Berkeley, CA 94702 unless otherwise noted. Enter through the Addison Street door.

Additional meetings may be added as needed.

Planning and Oversight Committee Documents from 2016-2017

Meeting Date Agenda Packet Minutes
January 10, 2017 Minutes from 12/13/16:
Program Evaluation Report & Summary:
Professional Development Report & Summary:
Parent Outreach Report & Summary:
Public Info Report & Summary:
Technology Report & Summary:
December 13, 2016 Minutes from 11/1/16:
VAPA Overview:
VAPA Revenue and Expenditures Comparison Report:
Library Overview:
Library Revenue and Expenditures Comparison Report:
Guide to Reading the Annual Report:
Revenue Summary 15-16:
Class Size Reduction Overview:
Class Size Reduction Report and Comparison 15-16:
Site Discretionary Fund Overview:
Site Discretionary Fund Report and Comparison 15-16:
Election, Diversity & Activity Report 16-17:
November 1, 2016 Minutes from 6/7/16:
P&O Calendar for 2016-17:
Talking Points for School Board 11/2:
Talking Points for School Board 11/16:
School Committee Member Survey Responses:
BSEP Measure Planning Timeline:
Key Acronyms & Terms:
Class Size Transitions and Comparisons:
E1 Resolution Summary:
Elementary Class Sizes:
BSEP Flyer:
Middle & High School Class Sizes:
BSEP Orientation:
BSEP Measure Changes:

Records from previous years can be found here.
 

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  • BSEP Office

    2020 Bonar Street, Room 325
    Berkeley, CA 94702
    Tel: 510.644.8717 | Fax: 510.644.8923
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Natasha Beery
    Director of BSEP and Community Relations

    Valerie Tay
    Program Specialist

    Elizabeth Karam
    Senior Budget Analyst

     

     

    BSEP Meetings & Events Calendar