Open Positions on the PTA Board

As another school year comes to an end the PTA is looking for 5 new parents to volunteer to take on Board positions. The PTA needs a new President, Vice President, Treasurer and 2 Co-Chairs for our Ways and Means committee. President and V.P. are two year terms and Treasurer is a 2 year term with the option of staying in that position year to year. The PTA can’t run without these important positions being filled. If you are interested please email the Bolton PTA at boltonpta@boltonpta.org

Thank you,
Christina Morra-Tiu, PTA President

Welcome Back

Hard to believe that summer is almost over and it is time to send the little ones back to school (secret happy dance).  On behalf of the Bolton PTA I wish to welcome back our returning teachers, staff, administrators, students, and parents.  I would also like to extend a welcome to any new teachers, students and parents.  The Bolton PTA works very closely with the school to make sure your child has a well rounded education.  Our fundraisers ensure that your child gets to have some great extra experiences at school such as  Author visits, traveling museum visits, Artist visits and more.  Our first Author visit of the school year is Nick Bruel who writes and illustrates the Bad Kitty series.

Another way to help the PTA is to volunteer some of your time.  Volunteer opportunities include: Career Day, Read a Thon, Ice Cream Social, Book Fair, Camp Fair, Variety Show, No Kid Hungry, distribution of fundraiser orders, and Holiday Shoppe. Please email the Bolton PTA at boltonpta@boltonpta.org if you are interested or have any questions.

 

Best Regards,

Christina Morra-Tiu, PTA President

Budget Passes on First Referendum!

Thank you to everyone who helped in yesterday’s budget referendum and who voted.  The budget has passed by a narrow vote of 15.  The Board of Education will meet on June 3rd to hear the superintendent’s recommendations on where the cuts should be made.

Budget Referendum

Tuesday May 12th is your time to let your voice be heard. Please take time to vote. Town Hall is open from 6am to 8pm. Link to the BOE budget:
http://www.boltonpublicschools.com/board_of_education/budget_information

Budget Time

At our April 6th  general PTA meeting Superintendent Heckt presented the budget for the upcoming school year.  After her presentation the PTA unanimously voted to support the budget.  If you haven’t yet, please take the time to review the budget so you can make an informed decision when it comes time to vote on the budget on May 12th.

Other important dates:

The Public Hearing for the budget is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm at BHS.

The Board of Finance will meet at 7:15 pm on Thursday, April 23rd at Town Hall to set the budget.

You can view the budget by going to this link:

http://www.boltonpublicschools.com/board_of_education/budget_information,

Thank you,

Christina Morra-Tiu, PTA President

Welcome

My name is Christina Morra-Tiu and I am the new PTA President.  I would like to welcome our newest Executive Board members, Vice President Pam Yonika, Treasurer Jen Viot, and Legislative Advocate Nicole Sullivan.

The PTA looks forward to working together with Teachers, Parents, Students and the Community to encourage student achievement and enrich their learning environment.

Our first event is the Back to School Pizza Party which is scheduled for Friday September 19th.  This is a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Our first general meeting is Monday October 20th from 6:30 -8pm in the BCS Library. Childcare is provided.  Our guest speaker for the night is Superintendent of Schools Kristen Heckt who will bring us up to date on Bolton Public School Happenings and the budget cuts.

Best Regards,

Christina Morra-Tiu

Budget Update

Last night, the Board of Finance met to further decrease the proposed 2014-15 town budget in advance of the second Budget Referendum that will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Despite a more modest and measured proposal from the Chairman of the BOF, the BOF voted 4-3 to further reduce the proposed Board of Education budget by $100,000.  The BOF also eliminated $18,000 from the Board of Selectmen budget and  $15,000 from the town’s contingency fund.

The proposed BOE budget for next year has now been cut by $457,000.  The original increase requested by the BOE was The Bolton Public Schools have been left with a budget increase of only $174,568 for next year The BOE cuts are devastating and arbitrary.  These cuts came even after Superintendent Kristin Heckt delivered a very blunt assessment of the negative impact the additional cuts would have on our schools.

The PTA needs your help now to ensure that the next budget successfully passes at referendum.  If it does not, our Town Charter mandates that the BOF must DECREASE THE OVERALL BUDGET AMOUNT before the next referendum.  A “no” vote on the next budget referendum does not mean that the budget will be increased before a third referendum. THE BUDGET WILL CONTINUE TO DECREASE WITH EACH SUBSEQUENT REFERENDUM.

Please help us by:

  1. Reading the updated Parent’s Guide to the Bolton Budget Process that was developed by the PTA and sharing it with your friends and neighbors.
  2. Voting YES at the next Budget Referendum on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Voting is open from 6:00am to 8:00pm at Bolton Town Hall.

Thank you for your help and continued support of our schools.

Budget Referendum Failed

By a vote of 471 (Yes) to 591 (No) the proposed Town of Bolton Budget for 2014-2015 failed to pass at yesterday’s referendum.  The next referendum will take place Tuesday, May 20th from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall.  The Board of Finance will hold a very important meeting on Monday, May 12th at 7:15 p.m. at Town Hall.  At this meeting, the BOF will decide how much money to cut from the proposed budget in advance of the next referendum.  We strongly urge all parents to attend this meeting and voice their support for a budget that adequately funds our schools.  The BOF had already significantly reduced the proposed Board of Education budget prior to the first referendum and now the BOF must make further cuts to the BOE budget.  The PTA’s Parent’s Guide to the Bolton Budget Process will be updated with new numbers as soon as they become available from the BOF, but please take the time to read this important publication and understand what is at stake for our schools and our children in this budget process.