Wednesday, November 11, 2009

PTA Meeting - more complete notes

Rachel Klein took better notes than I and wrote the following report which she has allowed me to post.

Hi everyone,
For those who weren't able to make it, I thought I'd post the highlights of last night's PTA meeting.

We elected the remaining officers on the PTA Executive Board and the Parent LSRT (Local School Restructuring Team) Representatives. So, in addition to Ms. Champion (President) and Ms. King (VP), the PTA Board now includes:
Nadine Henderson (Secretary)
Stephanie Mullette (Financial Secretary)
Anthony Allard (Treasurer)

Parent LSRT members are: Mike Showalter, Crystal Carpenter, Terry Franklin, and Ms. Simon.

It was a very lively meeting that lasted much longer than PTA meetings are normally. Parents asked numerous questions about the PTA budget and how it is meant to be spent; oversight of students at recess and aftercare; and concerns about Ms. Cobbs visibility with parents; and of course, how the PTA works and what membership means.

One important change regarding PTA membership is that until now, Ludlow-Taylor's PTA has had family memberships rather than individual memberships. The DC-PTA President was in attendance at the meeting to answer questions about PTA, and informed us that we need to change our system to individual memberships so that every person who votes has a membership card.

Although you may have missed last night's meeting, it's not too late to get involved with the PTA. Now that there is a full Executive Board, the PTA will undoubtedly be planning many great activities for the school this year, as well as reaching out to increase membership and family participation. As Ms. Cobbs astutely pointed out last night, the PTA is what the members make of it. We haven't had the most active PTA at Ludlow-Taylor in recent years, but we can change that and make it a driving force to support Ms. Cobbs efforts to make Ludlow-Taylor the best school on Capitol Hill. (And although I hope we all join the PTA, remember that you don't have to be a paid member to attend meetings or participate on committees or in school-related activities.)

Hope to see you all at the next meeting on Dec. 8!

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