Missed the PTA meeting on Tuesday? At our September 21st PTA meeting, we welcomed members from the SAMOHI orchestra who played for us while we checked in. Our Principal, Deanna Sinfield, presented her president’s report. School has been calm and all students and teachers are settling into the new school year. We then discussed “norms” for our PTA meetings. The goal of these norms is to help our PTA be productive and also make sure we provide a fair environment where all voices are heard. Some of these norms include setting time limits around discussion items, adopting a civility code for our meetings, and making sure we have procedures in place for an informed membership. We used the norms as a trial guide for our meeting.
Our association then approved an expenditure for our Kindergarten teachers to replace outdated materials in their classrooms and an additional expense for grade level Rainbow t-shirts.
Our Legislative Chair, Katy Henrikson, presented on measures GS and GSH. These measures are on the November ballot and have the potential to bring in $8 million annually for our school district. Upon being asked by the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council to consider a donation to the campaign, in August the Franklin PTA Executive Board recommended that our general membership approve $7500. Jennifer Smith, PTA Council President, John Keene, School Board Member Elect and Michael Soloff, Chair of the Housing Commission joined the meeting to answer general questions from our membership. After questions and discussion, our association voted to approve the $7500 donation to the GS/GSH campaign.
Our SMMEF chair, Gabriella Hadley, updated the membership about the $100,000 match for any Ed Foundation donations given now through next week’s Pledge Days. Franklin will host Pledge Days Monday morning, Wednesday morning and Friday morning at both the Montana and Idaho gates.
Discussion began surrounding a proposal to update our Standing Rules, but due to the lateness of the evening, all new business was postponed until our October meeting.
Hope to see you at the next PTA meeting on October 20th, 2016 at 8:40 am in Room 3 for our next PTA meeting. We will be voting on one of our member’s proposed changes to the standing rules in our by-laws. For more information, we will post the complete agenda 10 days before the meeting on our bulletin board outside room 3, via e-blast and on our Facebook page.