This past year I was Chairman of the AVHS School Site Council and Chairman of the AVHS PTSA Grant Committee. I share the concern of those of you that the budget money restored is going primarily to the elementary and middle school levels. If you have a student in High School, you know that these years are extremely critical in your child’s academic and emotional development. It always seems like the High Schools are the forgotten child of the PUSD family.
The AVHS PTSA Grant committee awarded 45 grants worth over $25K to teachers, students and student run organizations. The grants ranged from supplying classrooms with well needed basic resources (such as books and disposable supplies) to providing money for school assemblies for greater diversity acceptance and cyber bullying. Many of these grants, although small, DO make a difference. All of these funds come from the PTSA membership money.
The AVHS SSC allocated a majority of its CORE money to upgrade classroom technology, that in most instances were obsolete and unsupportable. I have spent over 10 years working with various school sites on Technology and the monies allocated to the school site has dwindled through the last few years to not even a trickle from the PUSD. The technology continues to decay and the sites have to fend for themselves with no resources from the PUSD
In each of these instances, the monies were generated from parent donations. I recognize that the increasing burden put upon families is unsustainable. However, until the economic situation turns around, I don't see any other sustaining revenue for High Schools. I have always found it ironic, that the respective High School Booster clubs can raise 100's of thousands of dollars annually for Sports, but people will complain about helping fund class room related needs. Arguments can/are being made about diverting monies from this group to that group. The reality is that if your child is in High School you want them to have the best chance for success. I encourage High School parents to be active in their organizations that enable that success. It is clear that the PUSD look at High School needs as an after thought.