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    Town Hall Meeting - January 21, 2021

    Dear Whittier Community,

    We had a town hall meeting on January 21, 2021 and we want to invite you to look at the presentation slides as well as listen to the zoom recording (more details below).

    There were two main components; a guest speaker, Dr. Concie Pedroza, SPS Chief of Student Supports, and a budget process overview and discussion. You may find the budget discussion particularly helpful before you complete our PTA values survey (Closes Friday, 2/5/21).

    The budget portion included discussion on whether or not we should continue to fund staffing at a percentage of what we typically do, or not at all. For reference, here is a chart that shows what percentage of the PTA budget was spent on staffing last year.

    PTA Budget Pie Chart

    As we head into budget season, the Whittier PTA Community is in a situation that we have not found ourselves in the last 5 years. The community made an intentional decision a couple of years ago to spend down the excess reserves in the PTA bank account. With the pandemic precluding us from completing 2 of 3 of our fundraising events in the 2019-20 school year, as well as only having One Big Give this year, we haven’t raised to our customary amounts in recent Whittier history. These two factors result in not having the usual amounts of cash in our accounts that typically enable us to commit large grant amounts to the school building.

    This led us to have a discussion about using this year as a time to break from funding staffing, either to the extent we have in the past, or to eliminate it completely. Many in our community believe that it is inequitable for us to fund staffing while other schools in our district cannot afford to do so, and yet some want to continue funding since the state is not. We also discussed that continuing to fund the gap in funding that has not been provided from the state level is not truly helping things in the long run, and that perhaps our efforts could make a longer lasting larger impact if we shifted them from fundraising to advocacy.

    We have provided a time index for you to jump in and listen to segments that you’re interested in. We hope that this provides you with more information to make informed choices on your survey.

    January Town Hall Presentation

    January Town Hall - Zoom recording (available until 3/18 Community Mtg)

    Index for watching:

    • 00:15:20 Slide 3: SPS Updates - Dr. Concie Pedroza, SPS Chief of Student Supports
    • 00:32:31 Slide 3: Q&A with Dr. Pedroza
    • 01:07:00 Slide 4: PTA Advocacy Week
    • 01:09:30 Slide 5: Nominating Committee
    • 01:20:50 Slide 8: Whittier Budget Overview - Kellie Pecoraro (PTA Co-President)
    • 01:25:40 Slide 10: Whittier Budget Specifics - Kate Mathews (PTA Treasurer)

    Please email any questions you may have to us at president@whittierptaseattle.org, and we're also happy to hear your thoughts on the matter as we know everyone may not have been able to attend last Thursday.

    This will not be an easy decision to make and we want as many Whittier voices heard as possible, so please take a few minutes to complete our Whittier PTA 2021 Budget Values Survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9WWXXDM). Survey closes on 2/5/2021

    Thank you for being an informed and engaged community member!

    Respectfully,

    Kellie Pecoraro and Tina Lilley
    Whittier PTA Co-Presidents