Bricolage Academy

Governing Board

Bricolage Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday April 2nd, 2020 @2:00 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Annie Phillips present member On Time At Adjournment
Arnel Cosey present vice-chair On Time At Adjournment
Deb Elam present secretary On Time At Adjournment
Merritt Lane present Treasurer On Time At Adjournment
Yvette Jones present chair On Time At Adjournment
Norman Barnum present member On Time At Adjournment
Tonya Johnson present member On Time At Adjournment

Public Comment Expectations, Yvette Jones

Requests for public comment will be made prior to every vote taken by the Bricolage Board of Directors. Members of the public are invited to sign up to speak for up to two minutes and are required to keep their comments limited and relevant to the agenda item the board is voting on.

Our meetings are open to the public and public record. As such, if your comment is about a private matter, please contact the board via email (, or speak to the board chair privately.

Call the Meeting to Order, Yvette Jones

call the meeting to order

By: Yvette Jones Seconded by: Deb Elam

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

approve the minutes from 2.6.2020

By: Merritt Lane Seconded by: Norman Barnum

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

State of the School Update, Yvette Jones

Y. Jones provided an update on the state of the school since the mandated school closure.

The first round of One App results are in. We received 1607 applications for our available seats. We are ranked number 3 for desirability among the schools in the One App.

The continuous learning plan at Bricolage for the extended school closure is going well.

Y. Jones commended Antigua and her team for their great efforts. You can follow the school's social media accounts and website for updates.

NOLA PS will put out an official press release by Friday (4/3) complying with the Governor's Proclamation to extend school closures through 4/30.

Bricolage was a food service provider for the first two weeks of school closure. The food service company decided to end services beginning 3/30 due to low participation numbers and limited food service staff. Bricolage put out a note to families on 3/29 to share the update as well as a current list of food service sites.

We will have an update of the financial picture moving forward at our next meeting.

A decrease in MFP is likely, possibly beginning next spring and lasting into the future. The impact is expected to last a minimum of two years.

Bricolage will experience layoffs in the After School Program. There is no incoming revenue from the program to sustain employment of the After School employees.

CARES Act, Yvette Jones

approve a resolution authorizing the administration at Bricolage Academy to borrow funds that are available through the SBA as part of the CARES Act.

By: Merritt Lane Seconded by: Deb Elam

Bricolage will apply for and, if accepted, borrow from an appropriate lending agency for funding up to $1,200,000 to cover costs related to payroll and other benefit costs, operations, and facilities expenses through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.</o:p>


The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Motion to adjourn

By: Arnel Cosey Seconded by: Norman Barnum

There was no notable discussion on the motion.