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PTSO Meeting Notes 10/09/2012

posted Oct 9, 2012, 8:36 PM by Joy Jurewicz   [ updated Oct 9, 2012, 8:36 PM ]

Welcome:

·         Steve Schneeberger – Co President

·         Veronica Bach-Dowd – Co Presidente

Treasurer Update – Colleen Nollenberger

·         Please see attachment for allotments and future expenses

·         Need a volunteer to begin transition for Colleen’s position as her term is up in May.  Contact Colleen@Nollenberger.net for more

Volunteer Coordinator – Update

·         Mychelle Nunez nominated for Volunteer Coordinator

·         Congrats Mychelle!

Room Parent Update – Jeremy Kidd via Steve Schneeberger

·         Off to a good start and connections have been made

·         Fine tuning events and volunteers for classrooms

·         Some volunteers still need to get class lists to room parent volunteers from teachers

·         Contact Jeremy Kidd with questions or if you want to volunteer Jeremy@kidds.net

Loteria Update – Veronica Bach-Down

·         Save the Date for Family Fun Night Friday 10/26/2012 from 6-8pm

·         Nominal donation per family for Loteria/bingo cards

·         Veronica will need help with set-up, food, prizes, etc

·         Contact your classroom volunteer or Jeremy Kidd Jeremy@kidds.net

Book Fair – Teresa Kemmer

·         Book Fair will run Tuesday 10/16 4-8 pm; Wednesday 10/17 9am-8pm

·         Set up will be Monday evening and break down will be Wednesday after 8pm

·         Volunteers are needed to for set up and during the fair running cash register, etc. and break down

·         There was a Sign-up sheet at the meeting or email Teresa Kemmer – tessi22@yahoo.com

·         This is a great fundraiser for the school and supports the media center

RDLS Event – Obstacle Course/Zumba/Soccer – Betsy Lindow

·         Save the Date Saturday Oct 13th from 1-4pm

·         The fun includes Obstacle Course, Jump House, Photo Booth, and Futbol Stars

·         Zumba Teacher will hold classes while kids are waiting their turn to go through the course

·         Players from the Minnesota Stars Soccer/Futbol Team will be on site to sign autographs and play with the kids

·         Event will be held Rain or Shine (Rain plan is to set up in GYM)

·         More volunteers are needed for set up/breakdown – contact Betsy Lindow

·         This is a community building event – not a fundraiser – just a day for families to enjoy and get moving

Referendum – Megan Ritchie, Lisa Hintermeister, Sean Foley

·         Presented by  representatives from the CQC – Richfield Citizens for a Quality Community

·         Why Levy Vote? Must be renewed every 10 years and current levy is expiring

·         Richfield is looking to maintain current course offerings in a highly competitive niche with St Louis Park, Edina and Bloomington. 

·         Ballot question is on the BACK of the BALLOT.  There are two questions on the referendum. 

o   The first is for maintaining the current level of funding.  There would be no increase in property taxes

o   The second question is for a small increase for inflation.  This question will have a very small impact on home owner’s property taxes.  The average cost would be $16 per year on a $160,000 house.  This equates to only $1.66 per month.

·         Voters would need to vote the same way on each question.

·         The benefits to our community are immense – increase in property values; stronger communities tend to support local businesses, non-public schools and students benefit from services through the public schools and are impacted by cuts; well-educated students are better prepared for higher education, employment and citizenship.

·         Results of a failed referendum (on both questions) would result in less reading and basic skills support; reduced options for classes such as gifted and talented, advanced placement, specials, etc.

·         Richfield cost per student is far below our surrounding communities as far as funding for pupil.  The cost per Richfield student is almost 30% less than the most expensive cost per student in the St. Louis Park District.

·         Here are the consequences of the vote results:

o   If both fail - $3,760,000 cuts will be needed

o   If first question passes and 2nd fails - $1.5 million in cuts are needed

o   If both questions pass, no new money from state $1.2 million in cuts are still needed.

·         Help Get the word out to support Richfield Schools – VOTE YES

·         Get educated at the Richfield CQC has a Facebook Page – like it and learn more.

·         Learn more at www.RichfieldCQC.com

·         RDLS has an obligation to help spread the word.  Help to distribute literature.  Go to www.RichfieldCQC for more info. 

·         Please help get the word out!

Opportunity to raise funds for PTSO – Mike DeRoma

·         Will have Food Truck at Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee and needs help manning the food truck

·         Sign up via link on RDLS Facebook Page or Link from www.rdlsptso.org site.

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