Meg Diaz pulled together a chart (which I will post later on) that shows some of the "foundation, institutions and private donor contributions to SPS for 2009-2010"). It's quite interesting reading to see how much some PTAs raise. There are some schools that have real money going through them like McGilvra PTA, $252,558 for a staffing grant, Laurelhurst PTA with $161,000, JSIS PTA, $280,000, Salmon Bay PTA $101,000). New School Foundation gave South Shore $1.2M.
Hey, bless all these people for raising this money and donating it.
But a lot of this says "PTA Supplemental Staffing". Again, the PTA is not there to backfill staff or fix buildings and it is very sad that this is what is happening. (I know at least one school that does not allow this because of the worry of it being sustainable and I'm sure it is quite a heavy worry for parents to keep up this level of fundraising.) Given that this is happening, I'm a little surprised at how little engagement and respect parents receive given that kind of support and largesse.
Also, I do know that many high schools raise large sums of money but these are for specific programs (sports, music, drama) that aren't necessarily part of the student day nor do they benefit all students. Some high schools do, as well, raise money for supplemental staffing.
One interesting thing as well from the chart. I knew that one lead administrative staffer (Executive Director Strategic Plan), Carol Rava Treat, is having her $144K salary paid for this year by the Broad Foundation. (I believe she has been at SPS for a couple of years and the Alliance paid her salary previously.) I have asked the Board why the Broad Foundation would be doing this tremendous favor for the district. No answer.
Now, looking at Meg's chart I see that BOTH the Broad Residents, Cordell Carter and Jessica DeBarros, had their salaries paid this year by Broad. (Looking at the figures, I suspect that the district threw in their benefits.)
This is NOT what I was told in August of 2009. I was clearly told, via a public disclosure request, that the district paid for half of their salaries. This is more than a little disturbing to believe you can have asked, in a formal way, for information and find out that it may be wrong.
The Broad Residents are nearing the end of their two-year residency here at SPS. I have told the Board several times and I'll state it here; the district has no business hiring these people permanently. (Mr. Carter is Mr. Kennedy's assistant; Ms. DeBarros is under the CAO's supervision, I believe). We don't have the money for this and in terms of Ms. Treat, we seriously need to pay that high salary to roll out the Strategic Plan?
It's very hard to take the district seriously about budget issues when you see stuff like this.