PTSA Meeting on January 24th: Auction Kick-off & Levy Presentation

Please join the Pathfinder PTSA on Thursday, January 24th, for our annual Auction Kick-off and the first chance to sign up for a whole host of exciting Group Events. You’ll be able to sign up on the spot, and one lucky person will win a door prize of a $40 credit toward the Group Event of their choice!

We are also pleased to have JoLynn Burge, Asst. Superintendent for Business and Finance at Seattle Public Schools, join us to present information regarding the two levy renewals on the ballot February 12th. The first is the expiring three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy; the second is the expiring six-year Building Excellence Capital Levy. Both are critically important for operations at Pathfinder and other Seattle schools (more below) and endorsed by the Pathfinder PTSA.

Agenda

6:00 to 6:30: Gather and be the first to sign up for auction tickets and group events!
6:30 to 7:15: Levy presentation
7:15 to 7:45: Auction Preview!
***Door prize will be drawn with a $40 credit to the Group Event of your choice***
***Free childcare for kids 5 & up at Blazing Trails — check-in at 6:15pm and pick-up by 8:00pm***

Auction & Group Event Info

Pathfinder’s auction will be held on March 9, 2019 at the Hall at Fauntleroy. The season’s theme is Prom — It’s a Date! Tickets and Group Events will go on sale January 24th, so by coming to the meeting and signing up there, you will be the first to get your prom tickets and sign up for our popular Group Events! It’s going to be a blast!

Background on February Levy Votes

This is a challenging time for school funding elections. Support for school levies and bonds dropped considerably in neighboring districts a year ago because of confusion over state funding and the threat of higher property taxes.

The state has NOT fully funded K-12 education in Washington State. The state’s so-called McCleary fix left Seattle with a $50 million budget deficit, which does not provide enough funding to fully pay for salaries, special education services and other basic education responsibilities.

Neither of these levies are new taxes; they replace existing ones. The Educational Programs and Operations Levy funds nurses and librarians, counselors, special education, textbooks and materials, custodians and more. If this levy fails to pass, Pathfinder will almost certainly lose some of these positions and resources.

The BEX V Levy renews a levy that provides new and safer learning environments. Pathfinder will benefit with security upgrades; other schools. Nearby West Seattle Elementary will be expanded and Alki Elementary is slated to be rebuilt. Many schools will receive technology improvements.