Parent Superintendent Council – October 16, 2012

Parent Superintendent Council (PSC) met on October 16 at Paloma Elementary. Highlights included:

Taste of Kyrene: This is the biggest Kyrene Foundation fundraising event of the year and will be held on February 28, 2013. There will be 20-25 tasting stations, a silent auction, entertainment, and an opportunity drawing for a 4-day, 3-night trip to either Anaheim or San Diego. The cost is $50 per person; for more information or to volunteer contact MarJean Steinkamp at msteinkamp2001@yahoo.com.

Kyrene Parent Summit: The District will offer an evening of parent information sessions for the community on Thursday, November 8 at Kyrene Middle School. The cost of the evening is $5 per adult and includes dinner, two classes, and child care. Registration is required by calling Kyrene Customer Service at 480-541-1500. For a schedule of classes see www.kyrene.org/parent_summit.

Ballot and the Budget: A presentation was given on upcoming ballot initiatives:
•    Prop 117 – Creates one property value for taxing purposes and limits assessed value increases to 5% from the previous year. This will impact the District in our bonding capacity.
•    Prop 118 – Changes the distribution formula for state trust lands. This impacts the Classroom site Fund that was established by Prop 301.
•    Prop 204 – Renews and makes permanent the one-cent sales tax previously approved by voters when it expires in 2013. If it passes, 80% of the money generated goes to education. This bill would also set a funding floor to prevent the Legislature from reducing education funding below the level set in January 2012.

Another thing that will factor into our budget is a possible future legislative action to raise bonding capacity from 5% to 10%, allowing us to sell bonds that have already been approved by the voters. Once we know the results of the election we will come up with our 2013-14 Budget projection.

Transitions: PSC reps generated ideas to help students with the transition from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school. Next steps include:
•    Meet with principals to establish a plan for elementary to middle school transition and communication.
•    Schedule an evening Tri-District event with Tempe Union High School District for parents and students getting ready for high school.