by Lucia Sullivan on 03/14/2018
Last night the Board met. Thanks to Lisa Lenher, Peggy Lynch and John Heylin for attending. Gloria presented the second interim budget report which compares the budget to actual spending. I am attaching a copy here for you to read. I think the broad strokes are that often the school has needed 60-70 grand annually to close the budget gap. For the last couple years, for a variety of reasons, we have not had such a large budget gap. This year we have a very large budget gap because of spending needs in a million directions: tree trimming, propane costs, increased pension liability costs, Esperanza’s retirement, etc… Gloria’s forecast is that due to the projected increase in our mandated retirement contribution we will most likely need around 80 grand a year for the next few years.
Given that we have not asked CEF for much money in the last few years, urgency around fundraising had understandably dropped off. I am confident that as a community we will be able to find some sustainable fundraising practices that will not run parents ragged and can preserve our wonderful little school. Our initial push is of course the Speakeasy on April 21st followed by a “buy a tile” project later in the spring. The Speakeasy sounds like it is going to be great fun; tickets go on sale soon!
I understand that tension around the budget gap has caused stress and division in the community. The bottom line is that this was just a nutty year with expenses coming out of the woodwork. We do not forsee this kind of budget gap happening again. If we want to preserve our school community, we need to stop pointing fingers or blaming anyone or anything. We need to focus on what is good and right, be kind to each other, and do our best to fundraise in the ways we can…
That said, there are still five Giants tickets left! Please send in a check made out to CATSS if you would like to go! When the last ticket sells, we will have quickly made $400 for CATSS:)
Also, last night the Board approved the 18-19 calendar. I have attached it here. It is very much like this year. One thing we are trying out for next year is creating a reverse minimum day for November 1st. Many people expressed how hard the morning after Halloween is, and given that it is a Thursday next year, it would be sort of a weird Staff Development Day. School will run on November 1st from 11-3. Aftercare will function in the morning that day. This is the conference week; Parents can bring their kids in any time between 8 and 11 and drop them at aftercare and morning conferences will be offered.
Today is Pi Day AND National School Walk Out day. For Pi day students have been measuring the circumference of pie plates. Rio will share his research on Pythagorus at assembly. 678 students made signs and walked out at 10 am for 17 minutes in protest of gun violence (picture attached). Their protest was languid, but I was glad to see them organizing and taking a stand.
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