Over the summer, the PTSA Board approved a budget for 2016-2017. Next Wednesday, at the first PTSA meeting of the year (6PM, prior to Back to School Night), we will be approving this budget as a membership.
A few observations / things to flag.
You’ll note we have gone conservative. Last year, we raised and spent around $35,000. This was due to an amazing Fitness Fun Day – big thank yous to that team! Nevertheless, while we will all work very hard to make sure we are as successful again this year, we don’t want to spend money before we earn it, and so the attached budget is for $29,500.
If we exceed the revenue projections, we have been compiling a list of potential add-on items for future discussion. What we would do is come back to membership for approval of additional items, as finding allows, in January. We feel good we will be in such a position, but again, a conservative approach is safest to start.
We have tried to break out the various budget lines in categories that make sense. We can certainly work to evolve this over time, but wanted to give folks a “big picture” view as to where we are allocating funds. As always, things such as Enrichment Programs, Teacher Requests, and Student Activities are the bulk of this work.
More specifically, we will continue to fund items such as Shakespeare Alive, Field Trips for each grade, media and music department needs, as well as teacher-specific grant requests. Importantly, we will focus on the needs students at risk, via both academic program assistance and social-cultural activities.
Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!