Letter from LPIE President
Hello LPIE Community!
We are excited to announce the return of The Slice, LPIE’s informational newsletter bringing you news about LPIE’s impact at our schools. We are lucky to have the wonderful Maria Nicolacakis as editor in chief and we welcome any ideas for topics to include. In this issue, we introduce LPIE’s School Chairs, an important role that serves as the liaison between your school sites and LPIE. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them with any questions and be sure to say “hi" when you see them on campus. The School Chairs are part of LPIE’s Board of 40 Lafayette parents, educators and community members working to fulfill our mission to expand and enrich the education of every child in Lafayette’s public schools. The School Chairs, along with the Parent Organization Reps from each school site, help represent the voice of our parent community as we set priorities and plans throughout the year.
I’m frequently asked about how the LPIE Board decides what to fund. Longer answer: click here. Shorter answer: in close collaboration with the school districts, careful consideration of our fundraising capacity, and in alignment with our mission and priorities. A perfect example of this process in action is our decision to increase LPIE’s budget this year to maintain full-time Librarians/Library Specialists as well as PE Specialists. When budget cuts were being discussed last year, we agreed with the parents who spoke up about the immense value of these positions, and we’re very pleased to be able to fulfill the District’s request for additional funding. Another timely example I’d like to share illustrates the LPIE Board’s agility and flexibility to respond to opportunities as they arise throughout the school year. Recently LPIE’s Acalanes School Team learned of a need for funding for a proposed project by Acalanes journalism students to revamp and modernize the award-winning Blueprint newspaper. We invited the students to present at our recent Board meeting, and after thoughtful discussion and deliberation, the Board unanimously approved the additional funding. As LPIE already supports Acalanes’s journalism elective classes, it’s a natural extension to help these young journalists achieve their vision for their publication. An important note about the LPIE budget is that we commit funding for the school year in advance. For 2019-2020, that amount is $4.5 million dollars going into your children's classrooms. Your donations this school year make it possible to fulfill this commitment and fund our schools at this level. If you have donated, thank you very much. If you’ve not yet had a chance to donate, please know it is not too late! While we are well on our way to meeting our goal, we have a ways to go and and can only reach it with your help.
Thank you for being part of our community!