VOTE: Budget and Board

by Carol Prescott, PIE President

Open Budget Overview PDF

Please remember to mail in your absentee ballots for the Victor School Budget. This year’s budget needs to be approved by 60% of voters so we need as many ‘yes’ votes as possible. If the budget does not pass, then the non-mandated programs that we know and love are at risk. Even programs that are totally run by parent volunteers would be affected, as the district has been able to offer us the use of campus facilities at no cost; this would change if the budget does not pass.

Download Budget Q&A PDF

While the budget is not as growth minded as I would have hoped for, it does maintain current offerings while being mindful of the economic effects of the pandemic. We would still have one of the lowest school tax rates in the area. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote. A quality public education benefits everyone! If you don’t have children at VCS, you still benefit from having educated, engaged youth and high property values. Please spread the word.

There are also 9 candidates for the 3 Board of Education seats. As a parent group, PIE cannot support any one candidate but does usually host a Meet the Candidate night. This year the event is virtual and can be viewed at:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWqyx7fzpNcNFfv8cVtosnuCqvM6QDIit.

The Victor Teachers’ Association also has a written response from candidates available at https://www.victorteachersassociation.org/boe-candidate-questionaire-responses

Personally, I have been attending the public Board of Education meetings for years and am encouraged by the recent discussions at BOE meetings and their efforts to support the VCS community.

Robotics and Chess Surveys for 2020-2021

At this point in the school year, we are typically scheduling programs and events for next year. With the uncertainty of the VCS budget as well as COVID-19, we are just gathering contact information and interest levels. If you have children interested in FIRST Robotics who will be entering 2nd – 9th grade in the Fall, please fill out the survey at
https://forms.gle/9MRiwmKzdZc1jcs6A. The senior high FIRST Robotics Competition team, Devil Tech, would typically have an interest meeting in the fall if the VCS budget passes. 

If you are interested in Chess Club at the Primary or Intermediate School. please fill out the survey at  https://forms.gle/C2tpruUyRR7hgyw49.

PIE programs depend on adult volunteers. Please contact Carol Prescott if you would like to share your time and talents. We wish you all a safe and happy Summer.

Super Science Saturday Feb. 8th

Please join us for the annual PIE Super Science Saturday, February 8th, 10am-12pm, in the Primary Cafe & Auditorium (new location). We will have many STEM activity stations and the Victor Robotics FIRST robotics teams will demo their robots. All are welcome. Please note that we are looking for a new coordinator and presenters for the Super Science Saturday event. If you are able to share your time please contact Carol Prescott kaierprescott@yahoo.com

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Applications, Aid, and Awards: Getting Ready for College

Join us as a local college consulting company explains the nuances of college finances at the PIE Meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 7pm in the Victor Intermediate School Media Center. From saving early to knowing your budget before college visits, learn about strategies to help save on the cost of college.

Parents will learn valuable tips about the college search, merit scholarships, the college financial process, and New York’s Free-Tuition Program for public and private colleges. Most importantly, we will discuss what parents can do to help their children minimize overwhelming student loan debt.

This seminar is ideal for parents of high school students in grades 9 – 12. All are welcome. It’s never too early to start thinking about college!

PIE Status Update

PIE is now considered part of Victor PTSA. When PIE was formed years ago it was a chapter of the NYS Association for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE). We paid annual dues to AGATE and they provided insurance and our non-profit status. They offered conferences and advocacy support.  Over the years AGATE reduced its offerings and last year our dues payment was returned to us, with the note that AGATE is “in a state of flux” and the executive board had not met in over a year. 

Our chapter in Victor has been very active and we wanted to continue our mission to offer support and enrichment opportunities for families.  We did not feel that we had enough parent and financial support to seek our own non-profit status so it made sense to try to partner with a successful parent group active in our district, Victor Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA),  We will continue to have PIE meetings, events and advocate for enrichment opportunities. The Square 1 Art fundraiser will continue to support PIE programming. We have frequently co-sponsored events with PTSA and share many of the same volunteers. The NYS PTA has many training resources and a very active education advocacy department. 

PIE has not charged a membership fee and that will continue. We will maintain the PIE member email list and you are always welcome at meetings and events. PTSA does not require membership to attend meetings or events but only members are allowed to vote on budgets and major decisions. PTSA membership is $10 per year for adults, $5 per year for students and teachers. ($4 of that amount goes to NYS PTA and the rest is used to support Victor.) We do encourage you to join PTSA and invite you to attend a meeting (next one is Thursday Feb 7, at 7pm).  The website is  http://victorptsa.org. We feel that this was a positive move and will provide PIE with stability and longevity.