PTA chapter plans party

PTA chapter plans party The Vermillion PTA Chapter met on Oct. 19 in the Jolley Elementary Media Center. Paddy Rosdail, president, thanked the people who worked at the recent Kindergarten Ice Cream Social, Kids Vote program and the T-Shirt sales.

The PTA and Hy-Vee are hosting a Halloween Costume Party on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hy-Vee grocery store. The CCC Crew (Color, Cut & Chat) of parent volunteers is meeting weekly at both Austin and Jolley. Plans are in the making for the PTA carnival and the date has been set for Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 at the high school.

Legislative Chair Judy Zwolak explained why an opt-out is needed to support our school district. The state's formula for funding school districts hasn't kept pace with rising costs. Also, since the formula is based on the number of students in the district, our declining population has adversely affected the budget.

People in the community who support the opt-out have formed a group Citizen's in Support of Our Schools, which is seeking 1,000 signatures from district residents who pledged to vote in favor if an opt-out is brought to a public referendum.

The Vermillion School board has requested this demonstration of public support before they will vote to opt-out of the property tax cap. If the opt-out is put to a public vote, the vote would occur in March 2005.

Our new superintendent of the Vermillion School District, Dr. Mark Froke, was introduced and he shared some of his professional background.

The next PTA Chapter meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Jolley Elementary Media Center, at 7 p.m. Liz Hogan, curriculum director, will discuss district testing and what that means for our schools.

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