Budget & Fundraising

 

2015-16 King Middle School PTA Budget: $255,850

In September 2015, our 2015-16 PTA budget of $255,850 was passed by unanimous vote.

PTA Budget:

Each year, a Budget Committee including the PTA Treasurer, PTA Financial Secretary, PTA President, King Principal, and any interested PTA member/s meet to plan how to raise, and spend, donations to the Martin Luther King Middle School PTA. The draft budget is presented for approval to membership at the last PTA meeting of the year so that financial matters can move forward over the summer, then the official budget vote and approval is held at the first PTA meeting (September) of the next year. Once the budget is passed, additional spending can only be made with membership approval of budget amendments.

Sustainability:

One of the quirks of PTA funding is that we have to raise and spend the money in the same year. Because our parent volunteers are a frugal bunch, mindful of the responsibility of using donations wisely, parents often underspend their program budgets by a little; therefore, over time we have built up a reserve of cash that acts as a cushion so that, with a membership-approved preliminary budget in the Spring, we can hit the ground running in September, and have a little set aside in case of emergencies.

How We Fundraise:

We try to keep it simple and straightforward – we don’t sell gift wrap or candy, we don’t hold offsite fundraising events or auctions; our parties and performances are all free of charge. We figure out what our school’s most important needs are and then we simply ask parents to donate their share; if every family gives $300 per year, per child, we are good to go.

Our number one priority is strengthening our school community; our fundraising goal is 100% participation; whether each of us can give $10 or $10,000, every one of us needs to contribute all that we can to our school. Those of us who can give more than $300 help make up for those of us who find $300 a stretch. Our two main fundraising events are our direct request for funds, called “Friends of King”, and our annual Run-a-Thon, where each student collects pledges and runs, walks, or rolls as many laps as they can during their gym class that day.

Donations: 

King Middle School is truly an amazing place; our teachers, our staff, our facilities, they are all fantastic. However, the school’s budget simply isn’t enough to give our students everything they need. That’s where we come in! Our parents and guardians give generously to provide vital programs and services for the school; without donations of money and time from all of us, our school simply could not be the amazing place that it is. You can make a donation on the Friends of King page.

Many, many thanks to our school’s parents and guardians, grandparents, neighbors, and friends, who volunteer to do this important work on behalf of our community, and who donate these important funds to ensure that every child at our school receives the best possible educational experience.

You can make a donation on the Friends of King page.

Thank you!

King PTA Treasurer, 2015-2016

 

 

2013- 2014 King Middle School PTA Budget: $177,479

2013-14 King Middle School Site Funds:

  • City Parcel Tax (BSEP) Share – $205,040
  • State and Federal Funds – $95,944
  • Total School Site Discretionary Funds: $300,984

At our first PTA meeting on September 11th, 2013, our 2013-2014 PTA budget of $177,479 was passed by unanimous vote. A word about budgets; on the one hand, budgets are incredibly important. On the other hand, they are so boring that they make your eyes roll back in your head. It’s very important that every community member knows how we make all of our spending decisions, and why it is so important that ALL of us give as much as we can to our school. Below is some useful information on how much we spend, how we spend it, and how we raise it. You can follow this link to see the budget in its entirety. I hope that you will find it helpful.

Where the Money Comes From: School Site Funds
In addition to the funding for basic expenses supplied by the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for each Berkeley Unified School District school, (including teacher and staff salaries and overall maintenance for the schools), each school site in Berkeley is given a modest discretionary budget, including money from the Berkeley parcel tax (BSEP – Berkeley Schools Excellence Program) as well as State and Federal funds. The Principal and Site Governance Council (SGC) at each school works together, analyzing data on school performance, to decide how to spend this money in order to best address student needs at that school site. This year, the total school site budget is $300,984; an amount that is $18,000 short of school budget needs to keep programs going at the same level as last year.

Where We Come In: Parent Donations
King Middle School is truly an amazing place; our teachers, our staff, our facilities, they are all fantastic. However, the school’s budget simply isn’t enough to give our students everything they need. That’s where we come in! Our parents and guardians give generously to provide vital programs and services for the school; without donations of money and time from all of us, our school simply could not be the amazing place that it is. You can make a donation on the Friends of King page.

PTA Budget: Each year, a team of parent leaders and the school Principal meet to plan how to raise, and spend, donations to the Martin Luther King Middle School PTA. This year the budget committee consisted of: our co-treasurers, Sandy Harris and Deborah Sperber, Fundraising Chair Charlotte Worsley, parent Jessica Hilton, Principal Janet Levenson, and PTA President Christine Staples.

Funding Priorities: As we crafted the budget, we discussed funding priorities – academics, safety, community building, communication, enrichment, and, of course, the school site fund shortfall of $18,000. We were mindful of always spending the money in ways that best benefit all students. We considered carefully whether or not our spending and fundraising were sustainable (can we raise that amount this year? Next year, too?) We would never want to be in the position of running short of funds and having to eliminate vital programs.

Sustainability: For several years in a row, including 2012-13, our PTA budget stayed fairly constant at around $151,000; each year we agreed to raise and spend that amount on vital programs for the school. One of the quirks of PTA funding is that we have to raise and spend the money in the same year. Because our parent volunteers are a frugal bunch, mindful of the responsibility of using donations wisely, parents often underspend their program budgets by a little; therefore, over time we have built up a reserve of cash that acts as a cushion so that, with a membership-approved preliminary budget in the Spring, we can hit the ground running in September, and have a little set aside in case of emergencies.

How We Fundraise: A little bit about our fundraising: we try to keep it simple and straightforward we don’t sell gift wrap or candy, we don’t hold offsite fundraising events or auctions; our parties and performances are all free of charge. We figure out what our school’s most important needs are and then we simply ask parents to donate their share; if every family gives $300 per year, per child, we are good to go.

Our number one priority is strengthening our school community; our fundraising goal is 100% participation; whether each of us can give $10 or $10,000, every one of us needs to contribute all that we can to our school. Those of us who can give more than $300 help make up for those of us who find $300 a stretch. Our two main fundraising events are our direct request for funds, called “Friends of King”, and our annual Run-a-Thon, where each student collects pledges and runs, walks, or rolls as many laps as they can during their gym class that day.

A Little Bit Extra: In the 2012-2013 school year, we were thrilled when we exceeded our fundraising goals by several thousand dollars. For the 2013-2014 school year, hopeful that we could do it again, the Budget Committee agreed to increase our fundraising goals and expenditures by a modest $6,000. We agreed to direct the projected extra money towards increasing funding for our after-school and sports programs, funding classroom libraries, increasing funding for our popular “Art in the Library” lunchtime craft program, and to set aside more for paying for speakers at our Parent Education events. This brought our funding/spending goals to $159,560.

$18,000 Site Fund Shortfall: Then came the bad news from Principal Janet Levenson: due to various factors, our school’s site budget was short by almost $18,000. Did the PTA have enough in reserves to cover the shortfall, to prevent vital programs from being cut? Fortunately, we have enough savings on hand to cover that amount this year and still have enough in our reserves to keep our cash flowing normally. This brings our budget total for the year to $177,749. In order to continue to pay for programs at the same level next year, we will need to raise $177,749 this school year.

Please take a moment to look at this year’s PTA budget, which can be found here. I have put some descriptions next to the line-items so that you can see how we raise, and how we spend our money.

Many, many thanks to our school’s parents and guardians, grandparents, neighbors, and friends, who volunteer to do this important work on behalf of our community, and who donate these important funds to ensure that every child at our school receives the best possible educational experience.

You can make a donation on the Friends of King page.

Christine Staples
King PTA President, 2012-2014

Sitemeter