jbe one


JBE One is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at James B Edwards Elementary by fostering relationships among the school, parents, teachers and community. 



JBE Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer at JBE, you must first register with Raptor. This includes chaperones for field trips, classroom volunteers, and JBE ONE volunteers. 

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Executive Board:





Katie D. Edwards

The President is the head of the JBE ONE Executive Board, drives forward the JBE One mission and vision, and oversees all of its activities.   Responsibilities include:

  • Preside at general JBE ONE meetings and executive board meetings.
  • Serve as primary contact to the principal and represent JBE ONE at meetings of other groups, if needed.
  • Organize the Neighborhood Captains
  • Assist the Grandparents Group as needed
  • Organize the Fall Capital Campaign (Color Run)
  • Organize a Nominating Committee
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.
  • Retain all official records of JBE ONE.
  • Assist when necessary in any of the various activities JBE ONE hosts.
  • Send out regular communications to the school community.
  • Also the Tom Lee Endowment Representative with the Strategic Initiatives Chair

Vice President

Anna Upbin

The Vice President assists the president and plays a role in running the day-to-day operations of JBE ONE.  Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in executive board meetings and provide input for decisions.
  • Perform the duties of the president if the president is absent or unable to serve.
  • Organize the Spring Auction
  • Organize Spirit Nights 
  • Manage General Fundraising including Passive Fundraising (grocery store checkouts etc)
  • Provides training and leadership support for the committee chair people.
  • Serve as bylaws expert.
  • Be a liaison for new families.


Beth Howard and Katie Catalana (co-chairs)

The Treasurer is the custodian of the parent group's funds through management of budgeting, collection, and budget execution tracking and management. Responsibilities include:

  • Works with executive board and committee chairs to develop annual budget.
  • Keeping an accurate record of receipts and expenditures in Quickbooks
  • Collects and tracks fundraising money.
  • Writes checks for purchases and reimbursements in accordance with approval of the executive board.
  • Tracks and reconciles income and spending on a monthly basis.
  • Develops and creates monthly and annual financial reports to maintain transparency.
  • Organizes the books for annual audit.
  • Shall handle all accounts receivable.
  • Count and deposit all moneys received.
  • Record to which account the moneys shall be posted.

Secretary / Comms

Ryan Lemire

The Secretary supports record-keeping for JBE ONE and the communications committee in their outward communications and marketing.  Responsibilities include:

  • Supports preparation of agendas for general meetings.
  • Weekly Newsletters
  • Social Media
  • Communications with JBE Staff, Neighborhood Captains, Volunteers etc
  • Record and distribute minutes of executive board meetings and general meetings.
  • Maintain a complete file of all approved minutes, agendas, and materials distributed at any official JBE ONE meeting.

Strategic Initiatives

Jodi Fuqa

Strategic Initiatives focuses on long term plans and programs.  This chair is the Tom Lee Endowment Representative and Coordinator, along with the President.  Responsibilities include the maintenance and expansion of programs such as:

  • Field Trips
  • Orton Gillingham 
  • Technology and Media Lab
  • Greenhouse
  • Boat Building
  • Special Curriculum
  • Inclusion

Faculty Relations

Amelia Smith and Shannon Rice (co-chairs)

Staff Appreciation focuses on keeping our staff happy through a variety of avenues.  Our goal is to make JBE a happy work place.  Faculty Relations also coordinates the room parents for teachers and works to keep the campus Beautiful.  Responsibilities include:

  • Treat Cart
  • Staff Meals
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Wellness
  • Coffee Providers
  • Zen Den

Volunteer Coordination

  • Recess
  • Lunch Coverage
  • Room Parents



Community Building

McRae Hogan and Rebecca Sailor (co-chairs)

The Community Building team works to create memories and events that will make Mt. Pleasant a better place to be.  Our goal is to make JBE a fun place where kids learn through play and academics.  Events such as our plant sale bring not only the JBE family but our local community as well.

  • Christmas Parade
  • Plant Sale
  • Community Building/Environmental Events
  • May Day
  • Field Day
  • Celebration Days
  • Awareness Days
  • Fact and Fee Family Night
  • Kindercamp



Download the: Approved JBE One Budget 2022-2023

Category Item Budget
TEACHER FUNDING Salaries $59,486.00
STAFF SERVICES Principal Funds $750.00
  Classroom Contributions $9,000.00
  Art: Madeline "Taylor" Shapiro $1,500.00
  Computer: Emily Willis $7,500.00
  Music: Sarah Newton $800.00
  PE: CJ Rozzi $3,500.00
  Health: Nancy O'Donoghue $500.00
  Guidance: Christina Bottomley $500.00
  Clubs $250.00
  Library: Heidi Benton $2,500.00
  SAIL: Nancy Platt $1,000.00
  SpEd: Rosen, Biss, Youra $8000.00
  Intervention Programs- Holly Price $1,000.00
  French: Lindsay Brackin-Duncan & Maitland $1,000.00
SPECIAL PROGRAMS/EVENTS PBIS Christina Bottomley & Robbie Ledford $1,000.00
  Orton Gillingham - Annual Programming Support $500.00
  Boat Building $12,000.00
  Field Trips $25,000.00
  Greenhouse $25,000.00
  Teacher / Staff Appreciation $5,000.00
  Community Building Events $5,000.00
  Kinder Camp $1,000.00
  May Day $2,500.00
  5th Grade End of Year $1,000.00
JBE ONE PTO Admin Costs $3,000.00
  Membership ToolKit Annual Subscription $1,250.00
JBE ONE WEBSITE Administration Role - Magan Smalls $4,500.00
FUNDRAISING / AUCTION COSTS Rentals, Servers, Food/Beverages, Auction Items, etc $10,000.00
JBE - NEW LOGO ASSETS Purchasing new sign, branded table cloths, door mats, etc $1,500.00
  Totals $188,336

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