Catharine Blaine’s big Spring fundraiser “Second Chance Prom” is this Friday, May 2nd at 7 pm. Throw on your best bad prom attire and head to Hale’s Palladium in Fremont for a night you won’t forget. Pin on your carnation corsage and dance to live music from The Dudley Manlove Quartet. There will be class auction projects, sign up parties and teacher experiences to bid on, plus the usual prom fun…
A Note from Blaine’s PTA
This is one of three primary fundraisers that the Catharine Blaine PTA holds each year. The first was our fall Giving Campaign and our last will be the Move-A-Thon being held on May 30th. Each year our PTA is asked to fund upwards of $200,000 – and there does not appear to be an end in sight. With each appeal for funding, there are questions as to, “Why do we need to raise so much?”
Our administration and BLT (Building Leadership Team) are diligently working on approving a budget for 2014-2015 with funds approved from the district. Our PTA will be asked to fund any budget shortfalls. The Seattle School District follows a formula of “Discretionary Weighting”. The per student funding for each school is based off of this formula. (Source: Seattle Public Schools, Budget Work Session – February 26, 2014)
Using this formula, Catharine Blaine ranks last among K-8 schools in the district in per student funding. The most current data available on the district website is from the “Recommended 2013-2014 budget”. (Source: Seattle Public Schools FY13-14 Recommended Budget)
While no one is arguing that these schools and students NEED this additional funding, there sometimes appears to be a misconception that each school receives the same amount of per student funding from the district.
The reality is that Catharine Blaine will be receiving even less funding, per student, for the 2014-2015 school year.
Because of the financial position and distribution policy of Seattle Public Schools, it is up to our Catharine Blaine community and our PTA to ensure that our scholars, musicians, thespians, scientists, athletes, artists, engineers and future community, state and global leaders receive the best that we can provide.
The fall Giving Campaign raised approximately $115,000. In order to continue to fund existing programs and implement new ones, we need to raise an additional $100,000 through our two remaining fundraisers.
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