Brief PTO Update:
The year is off to a fantastic start!
As of a few days ago, we achieved our conservative No Hassle Fundraising budget goal of $24,000! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far. We would love to beat this goal soundly so we can fund more programs on campus.
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The Wish List forms have been distributed on campus, and we are beginning to receive requests already! We are casting a wide net and narrowing down potential speakers and topics for our Empower LT events - both during the day AND in the evenings. We have been getting great suggestions for new student programs to start. We appreciate the influx of ideas - keep them coming!
We had a great turnout for our first General Membership meeting of the year. We accepted the Audit Committee's Final Report and Recommendations, and approved and accepted our full-year budget. Mr Butler shared his experiences so far and his vision for our campus, spending a generous amount of time on Q&A.
We have had several volunteer requests, and you filled those needs quickly. THANK YOU! We will continue to fine-tune the process for our campus requesters AND you, our volunteers.
For those of you wanting to get more involved with PTO and meet our current volunteers, we will plan some informal get-togethers at local establishments. We hope it will be a good way to spread the knowledge and begin make connections.
Thank you for all the ways you support ALL our students. -Babita
Fully funded requests include:
December 12, 2017
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Click here for more information on our No Hassle Fundraiser
From the LTHS E-News
On November 17th, PTO representatives, with Principal Butler's assistance, surprised each teacher with the good news. What an amazing and gratifying experience!
(Thank you to our student yearbook photographers!)
We will continue to monitor our income and spending throughout the year. We hope to be able to fund any unfilled or additional requests later this spring. And if you haven't donated yet, it is NEVER too late.
Thank you for all the ways you support your PTO.
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Last week, we wrote about our local school tax rate comprising M&O ($1.04 per $100 assessed property value) and I&S ($0.3675 per $100 assessed property value).
The state of Texas created recapture ("Robin Hood") in 1994 to ensure equitable funding of schools throughout the state. The LTISD current recapture rate is 44%. This means out of $1.04 collected locally to run our schools (salaries, utilities, furniture, supplies, food, gas, etc.), we keep only $0.60 locally. The rest is collected by the state. Changes made since 2006 have made this worse by limiting the benefits of an increasing property tax base. More about that next time.
Informative School Finance links:
No Hassle Fundraiser
Please check the main school calendar frequently.
On November 14th, the LTHS PTO Executive Board allocated just under $15,000 for immediate teacher wish list spending.
More about Texas School Finance and LTISD ...
LT Empower Event - "Managing Your Teen's Anxiety"
In November, Dr. Candice Ackerman from Flourish Counseling of Austin, Texas spoke before a group of Lake Travis PTO parents on the subject of teenage anxiety. Dr. Ackerman provided a description of the symptoms of anxiety and described ways we as parents can support our child in a competitive school environment.
Click here for a link to the slides from the presentation.
We appreciate Dr. Ackerman for speaking with our parent PTO group. We appreciate Starbucks for their coffee donation and Shipley's for the tasty donuts.
What's coming up with your PTO
Next General Meeting:
February 13, 2017
THANK YOU TO OUR
2016-2017 STUDENT DIRECTORY SPONSORS!