PTO Budget

At this evening’s PTO meeting, the group approved the 2009-2010 budget.pdf-icon

Here are the highlights:

Reductions:

  • Buildings & Grounds – reduced to $150 from $325
  • Math Night –  reduced from $450 to $300
  • PTO Enrichment – reduced from $500 to $200
  • Teacher-Staff Appreciation – reduced to $200 from $250 (anticipate donations again this year – last year none of the budget was used)
  • Williams Walk to School – reduced to $150 from $300
  • Instructional Technology was at $5000.  It will be broken into two new lines:
    • Technology Consumables at $1,000 (power supplies, light bulbs, etc)
    • Technology Mini-Grants at $2,000 for items teachers need that cost less than $300, e.g. CD Players, calculators, etc.
  • Principal’s Fund – reduced from $2,500 to $2,000
  • Reinstatement of Sports Equipment back to $500

Eliminations:

  • Postage – incorporated into Office
  • METCO Partners – eliminated due to compliance issues
  • Political Action – deemed outside of politically neutral mandate

Increases:

  • Facilities Fees – increased by $400 to $500 as a precaution.  Last year we spent $715 on a $100 budget (clarification to come after a meeting with Ed Center staff).  This covers building permits required to have the school open after hours, and the PTO receives 5 meeting per year with no charge.
  • Arch Day – an increase of $25 to $100
  • CAPP – an increase of $100 to $900 in anticipation of annual program fee increase
  • Teacher’s Fund – increased by $75 to $3,650 to account for an additional staff member this year; a new social worker.  Amounts given to each teacher and specialist remained flat.

Additions:

  • Email Blasting – Constant Contact costs $275 per year.  We’ll investigate whether we can get a less expensive contract for our email blasting provider.
  • SPED Pac Liaisons – $200 for books, refreshments at meetings, etc.
  • Student Newspaper, $100.  A new program – $42 to be spent on a Student Newspaper magazine subscription.
  • Technology – a $9,000 line item – more details to follow.
  • Creative Arts – a one time program expense of $1,200 for a special program.