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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bolton Budget Referendum for the 2014-2015 town budget is on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. You can vote at Town Hall from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Please take a moment to look at the Parent’s Guide to the Bolton Budget Process that was developed by the PTA and remember to vote tomorrow!
Due to the overwhelming amount of illness among Bolton Center School staff, students and families, we will be cancelling tonight’s general PTA Meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience, but many of our own families are ill and the school would like to minimize the spread of germs. We will send out an email announcing the new date for our meeting as soon as we have one. Be well.
As we approach Thanksgiving, the Bolton PTA would like to take a moment to express our sincere thanks to Katherine Galle who resigned as PTA President following her election to the Bolton Board of Education. While we will miss Kate’s dedicated service and leadership, we wish her all of the best in her new role and look forward to working with her in her new capacity!
We are also very thankful to Amy D’Agata who stepped forward to fill the role of PTA President following Kate’s resignation. At our general membership meeting on November 18, 2013, the PTA members in attendance unanimously approved Amy as the leader of our organization. For those of you who don’t know Amy, we asked her to share a little bit about herself and her previous experience with the PTA. Please see her thoughtful answer below and, on behalf of the entire Bolton PTA, welcome to the job, Amy!
Hello, My name is Amy D’Agata and I will be filling the position of Bolton PTA President as Kate Galle takes her place on the Bolton Board of Education. Before I tell you a bit more about me, I would like to start by thanking Kate for her commitment to our town, kids and the PTA. She did an amazing job as Bolton PTA President and I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors.
I am a Registered Nurse and the proud mom of two boys that attend Bolton Center School. I have lived in Bolton for 15 years and have always enjoyed being actively involved in our community. In the past, I have volunteered as an EMT for the Bolton Fire Department and Co-Chaired the Bolton Women’s Club Halloween Party at BCS. I am a member of the Bolton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Bolton Women’s Club. I started the Bolton Special Education PTA (SEPTA) and was the President of that organization. In the Fall of 2013, Bolton SEPTA made the decision to join forces (and resources) with the Bolton PTA and SEPTA is now a committee of the regular PTA.
The mission and goals of the PTA and the future of our kids education is extremely important to me. I believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their individual potential. The PTA provides many things that enrich our children’s lives both at school and throughout town. I will do my best to continue the excellent job the PTA has has always done in assisting the parents, teachers and students of Bolton. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organization and working with such a dedicated group of parents and staff. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any thoughts, ideas or questions about the Bolton PTA or upcoming events.
Bolton High School will be offering an afternoon program for children run by the students currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education class. The children must be between three and five years of age. The program, starting in late October will run from 12:45 to 2:15 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and then Mondays as well starting in March. The fee for the program will be a dollar a day to defray the costs of the materials we use. If you are interested in enrolling your child please contact email@example.com for information and we will send you an application form and all of the dates of the program!