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PTA General Meeting Minutes March 2014

Meeting:  Lafayette PTA General Meeting
Date/Time: March 20, 2014, 6:30pm
Location: Lafayette Elementary Cafeteria
Proper notice was given to all members
Call to Order:
Katy Walum, PTA Vice President, called the meeting to order at 6:35pm.
A quorum was present.  The attendance sheet is attached.
Secretary’s Report:
Motion: Angela Corvino made a motion to accept the March meeting minutes.  The motion was seconded.  The motion was approved.
Budget Report:
Taeya Lauer reported that the PTA has paid out $130,000 in human resources/salaries for this year.

The school is now paying for the Reading Specialist.  And, the school knows the PTA wants to get out of paying salaries.

Taeya outlined the difference between the counselor and psychologist.  The former does more with behavior issues and latter assesses needs/issues of kids.

Instrumental music was discussed.  There were 128 respondents to the budget survey with full responses from the staff/teachers.  Should PTA fund all, part, none of the music program?

Kathy Wimer asked if there are any innovative ways to combine with other elementary schools.  Issues might be transportation, costs to parents?

Someone else asked why focus on arts and music?  What about science and technology?
Fundraising Report: (via Taeya Lauer)
At last year’s auction, we cleared with $22,000 and had 190 attendees.  This year (2014), we cleared with $40,000 and had 221 attendees.

Someone asked if we could invite grandparents next year.  And, friends of grandparents?

Spring Fling is May 16, 2014.
Treasurer Report:
Angela Corvino distributed the Treasurer’s Report.  Big items are $71,000 from walk a thon; $50,000 from the Auction.

Nominating Committee Report:
We are looking for 3 key positions:  VP, Treasurer, Co-Secretary and need by the May meeting.  Annie Higgins asked for more nominations.  An email went out to Room Parents asking for suggestions, recommendations.  Please see Annie Higgins, Chris Weinmann , or Sarah Volpone with any names.

Meeting adjourned at 7:03pm.  Our next General PTA meeting will be on May 15, 2014.  Katy Walum introduced our Seminar called “A Parent Workshop on Child Safety,” hosted by Child Safety Expert Kim Estes.

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