PTSO Meeting Notes 10/09/2012

Post date: Oct 10, 2012 3:36:15 AM


· 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 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

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

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 –

· 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

· 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 site.