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.