PTA Budget Approved

Thank you to all who came out last night to our first Madera PTA meeting. I’m pleased to report we approved a program budget for the 2010-2011 school year. The budget includes more than $110,000 in direct support for school programs and instruction. As always, we will maintain a reasonable reserve fund to begin the following school year.

Included in the budget is $22 per student for all teachers for both classroom supplies and field trips ($44 total). The budget also includes funding for cultural arts (school-wide assemblies), and continued funding for music education; including instrumental music, computer instruction, library book purchases, and the Madera Garden project. We will also continue funding popular activities like the 1000 Page Club, International Night, the Winter Sing-Along, and Art Fair.

Our district is in the midst of a financial crisis, and to address this we have approved additional funding to make up programs and supplies that have been cut. I’m certain that Madera families will help fill in the gap with strong fundraising efforts.

We will report on fundraising and program expenditures at every PTA meeting during the coming year. I encourage you to come to the meetings. Many thanks to treasurer Aaron Lewis for keeping track of all of the numbers, and to PTA executive board for the thoughtful input into developing this year’s budget.

Questions and suggestions are welcome. Thanks to all of the Madera community for making this such a great school!

Linda Geiser