Because PPIE has had a very successful fundraising year, not only with the Giving Fund, but with other events and sponsorships, the PPIE Board voted on Monday to allocate additional funds to the 1st grade class size reduction effort.
However, there is a caveat. Although the PUSD School Board at their last meeting has indicated some willingness to redirect some funding to help meet the threshold, there has not yet been a vote. So PPIE’s decision is contingent upon the school board’s decision.
Although this seems complicated, bear with us. Out of the $313,126 raised by the Giving Fund at the elementary level, $200,000 has already been committed to the PUSD budget for Literacy Coaches and Site Technology Specialists. Here is what we have to work with and what the PPIE Board has decided:
|If the SchoolBoard votesYES to fill gap||If School Board votesNO to fill gap, then|
|Elementary Giving FundOther UndesignatedSubtotal Giving Fund Donations||$ 113K$ 17K$ 130K||will be divided per pupil
among the elementary
|PPIE Fundraising Contribution
(from Bon Appetit and estimates
from the Run for Education)
|$ 78K||will remain at PPIE for
next year’s goals
|Total Amount (est) from PPIE
|Cost of 1st Grade CSR at 25:1Funding gap (est as of 4/10)||$ 325K
We are hopeful that PPIE’s additional commitment will help the school board decide to fund the remaining amount and although we recognize that this will mean reducing funding somewhere else in the school district budget, we hope they will agree that reducing class size for 1st grade is a priority.