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About PTO funds
This year, the PTO the budget represents a typical mix of revenue and expenditures compared to recent PTO budgets. The largest source of PTO funds by far is the TCGIS PTO Community Auction. This is thanks to the work of numerous parents, teachers, and staff who host all kinds of community activities and donate goods. On the spending side, the primary grant is to the school to support teachers in classroom enrichment. Funds are also used for community building events and staff appreciation activities.
Some key PTO financial documents are:
Finances from Previous Years
Classroom Enrichment Block Grant
In recent years, the single largest expenditure has been through a Classroom Enrichment Funds grant, which is provided to the school for support of teachers in academic and social enrichment of the in-classroom environment. The school administration has agreed to disburse the funds to the teachers in an equitable way following PTO principles, and provides spending reporting to the PTO.
The following are the core goals and guiding principles in the use of Classroom Enrichment Funds:
Classroom Enrichment Funds are for additional supplies for day-to-day consumables (e.g., pencils, markers, and paper); special project supplies; teaching aids not otherwise provided by school; food and decorations for parties; general classroom decorating and decor; games; and guest presenters. Essentially, the funds are for anything that makes the classroom environment more enriching and inviting to our students.
The PTO Block Grants Policy Guide governs the use and distribution of funds provided to the school. (This is being updated for the 2016-17 school year.)