EAC Meeting Minutes

February 15, 2001 Minutes:

We approved two grants tonight:

  • $98 for smoke detector batteries to accompany an ETSN educational piece.
  • $500 for track pants to continue to outfit the boys soccer/track team

As COVID continues, we discussed events that traditionally occur during the second part of the year including the Senior All Night Party, Soup-tacular and Blue-Gold Athletic Banquet.

  • Fortunately, we don’t need to fundraise this spring because the Telethon was successful, and the All Night Party has funds reserved. 
  • We will by-pass making any soup-tacular plans for this year. 
  • We discussed alternatives to our traditional events but remain optimistic that we will be able to create something for students. 
  • We talked about outdoor options, and the benefit of potentially coordinating so we can share amenities (such as tent rental).
  • We also discussed the distinction between state public health guidance/executive orders and school district decisions, and how the EAC can navigate between them. 
  • We agreed creating some flexibility in our plans will lead to the strongest likelihood of implementation.
  • There was general agreement that the EAC has a role in creating/contributing to student activities this spring. 

Senior All Night Party:

  • A committee will be meeting over the next month to discuss options. Contact Holly Hatch-Surisook if you would like to join those conversations.
  • They will consider a range of options – from an outdoor event that lasts a few hours, to a tent rental, to exploring venue rental. 
  • Some traditions, such as a senior t-shirt can definitely happen. 
  • This group will talk more over the next month and come back to the March EAC meeting.

Blue Gold Banquet:

  • A committee will be meeting over the next month to discuss options. Contact Jenny Arneson if you would like to join those conversations.
  • We will consider a range of options – from the streaming event we created last year to an outdoor ceremony under a tent to the circumstances that would allow us to be indoors. 
  • We will consider the role of food.
  • We will perhaps incorporate options for other activities that in the past have been able to have their own events (i.e. arts)


  • Amy Hernandez and George Fischer have taken the lead in creating our website and Amy has added some useful content recently! 
  • They use wordpress and welcome additional people to offer editing/content skills
  • We do lack pictures but would love to add a spotlight section on the website. Tag #edisontommies on your own social.
  • Contact Amy if you can share your talent in this area. 

Edison Merchandise:

  • Daniel Nierengarten reported that he and his special education program have been organizing Edison merchandise sales. They are looking to get out of the business and are interested in partnering more closely with the EAC to continue.
  • There is overall interest in creating an accessible and versatile merchandise program for Edison. 
  • There is general recognition that the school needs/wants to stay involved to provide some infrastructure (such as a distribution location), while the EAC can expand capacity and financial payment options.
  • We discussed the connection between our website growth and merch support. 
  • There is also recognition that we need to put thought into developing a sustainable system.
  • We will form a committee to continue discussions off-line. Join by contacting Daniel Nierengarten. 

Consider joining any of the committees as we get creative in supporting our students this spring!
Submitted by Jenny Arneson

January 18, 2001 Minutes:

In our January meeting, we voted on how to spend the proceeds from the Tommie Telethon. A motion was passed that we would add $2000 from the grants funding, for a total of $9000 for improvements. 

$5200 will go toward 3 new water stations. Achieve Mpls will fund a 4th station. Capital Improvements will cover the installation, which is a major part of the cost. It was determined that other schools (including North and Henry) have used parent group funding as part of the funding for building improvements such as this. So there is some precedent. Equity was a concern. What do the other schools do? How do they get nice things like this?Hafsa spoke on behalf of the government class and stated that the proposal for water stations will limit disruptions and tardiness, students won’t feel the need to buy water, which will reduce plastic waste and cost, and will promote drinking water. It is essential.

$1200 will go to new video streaming equipment and capability, which will allow families access to sporting events online. A Yang said the cameras are installed, and it’s fully automated! No volunteers are needed to run the equipment. And since it is EAC’s equipment, it will not be used solely for athletics.
$1300 will go to band, as a portion of their grant request for drum line gear. Since it will not fulfill the full price for the equipment, it will go toward repairs and maintenance.
$1300 will go to the Outdoor Club for camping gear. It was decided that we will hold a springtime drive. That will reduce the amount of funding needed to achieve their goals. Many of us have some spare gear we aren’t using!
$300 for props for video class will be funded from the usual grant line.
A request for warm-up pants did not meet the deadline. Athletics may be the department to organize this, anyway, since the EAC has no interest in managing pants. We do own some jerseys that are utilized for special summer sessions.
There was a push to make gathering pictures easily through social media. We discussed the use of #EdisonTommies as a great way to share events, and there is implicit permission if students are posting pictures themselves.
We have a few ideas for next meeting, including the Blue/Gold Banquet and how to celebrate this year, and the Senior All-Night Party. The next meeting may switch to Monday, Feb 8th. (Originally Feb 15th). Thoughts?

December 14, 2000 Minutes:

December’s meeting was focused on grant proposals to spend the Tommie Telethon proceeds. There is still time to submit a proposal. We will be collecting them until Jan 13. We will be discussing them and voting in our next meeting on Jan 18 at 6:30pm. 

These are the current proposals/ideas:
– Students from Dave Salzer’s government class enthusiastically  proposed 3 additional water/hydration stations in the school. The cost is $4200, which doesn’t include installation or maintenance. This could be a collaboration with the Green Team.
-Megan McClellan (boys’ soccer coach) pitched warm-up pants. They are off the rack from Dick’s, unisex/universal Adidas brand. Since they are not custom, they are a good price. And she received a $500 grant last year which was matched by a friend. 
-Brett McNeil had a few ideas:-creating historical banners for the lobby of the gym displaying past athletic achievements-a new scoreboard for the gym and the field-a press box-outside stereo equipment
Again, there is still the opportunity for more proposals until Jan 13th. Tell us what you think! 
If you are on a subcommittee, please email Jenny Rizer with the details so we can get a bit more organized.

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