Raven, where are you?
Original post made by Amador Parent, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 26, 2009
I went back to read some of the old threads, including the one entitled "PTA Involved in Parcel Tax Politics" which you started.
I wanted you to know that Amador PTSA did not initiate any membership discussions regarding the parcel tax measure until after the School Board voted to put a parcel tax measure on the June ballot.
At the March 18th AVHS PTSA meeting, a motion was made for PTSA to support the Save Our Schools Campaign in spirit. The motion carried (not unanimously, but by a majority of those present).
A motion was then made for PTSA to support Save Our Schools financially with a donation of $999.99. As this motion required a budget line item change, a 2/3 majority was needed to carry the motion.
The motion failed.
A motion was then made for PTSA to support Save Our Schools financially with a donation of $500.00. Same 2/3 majority needed.
The motion failed.
The argument against giving this donation was not specific to the parcel tax measure, but against the use of funds donated or raised by Amador parents being given to any political group and the belief that Amador PTSA funds should be used to benefit Amador students and Amador student activities.
I do not have first hand knowledge of how other PTAs addressed the parcel tax issue.
However, Amador PTSA scrupulously followed all PTA guidelines in the way they handled the parcel tax discussion, including verifying membership before allowing those present to vote.
The AVHS PTSA Executive Board should be commended for all the efforts they made to publicize their meeting, its agenda, and thereby ensure that all members had the opportunity to make their opinions known.
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