Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for April 6, 2015

What you missed at Convention!

Did your Unit send someone to Convention? Did you miss it? Here's a recap of what happened in Lansing at the 97th Annual Michigan PTA Convention!

MI PTA Awards and Recognition!

Additional Awards from the Michigan PTA Convention included the following:

Churchill High School PTSA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner; 2014-2015 State Membership Goal Challenge Winner

Cleveland Elementary PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner; October Teacher Challenge Winner

Cooper Upper Elementary PTA: 2014-2015 State Membership Goal Challenge Winner

Emerson Middle School PTSA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner

Franklin High School PTSA: Certificate of Participation Register2 Campaign

Herbert Hoover Elementary PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner

Holmes Middle School PTSA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner

Lewis Cass Elementary PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner

Livonia PTSA Council: Male Engagement Award; Excellence in Communication – Website Award; Certificate of Success;

Niji Iro PTA: PTA Charter

Perrinville Early Childhood PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge

Randolph Elementary PTA: Healthy Lifestyles Award; Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner

How will the May 5 roads proposal affect Livonia Public Schools?

Join the Livonia PTSA Council on Wednesday April 15 at 7:00 pm in the Churchill High School LMC for a presentation by Dr. Randy Liepa. Dr. Liepa will share details about how the roads proposal will affect Livonia Public Schools.

Proposal 1 Ballot language:

The official ballot text is as follows:

A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

The proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Eliminate sales / use taxes on gasoline / diesel fuel for vehicles on public roads.
• Increase portion of use tax dedicated to School Aid Fund (SAF).
• Expand use of SAF to community colleges and career / technical education, and prohibit use for 4-year colleges / universities.
• Give effect to laws, including those that:

o Increase sales / use tax to 7%, as authorized by constitutional amendment. o Increase gasoline / diesel fuel tax and adjust annually for inflation, increase vehicle registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes. o Expand competitive bidding and warranties for road projects. o Increase earned income tax credit

Should this proposal be adopted?
YES [ ]
NO [ ]

Playgrounds For Everyone

A community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds.


Click here for more info: http://www.playgroundsforeveryone.com/

Kids Bowl Free this summer!

It's true! Head to http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/ to sign up for free bowling for your students this summer. There are multiple locations in Livonia and Westland for your students to bowl the summer away! Check the website for information and rules!

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.


Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

PTA Training Tips

Sales Tax - do we have to pay?

Your unit, (under the umbrella of the Michigan PTA, qualifies as a 501C3 organization and thus is exempt from paying federal taxes. Which is why we file the IRS 990 postcard.


However state sales tax is a separate issue.


If you are buying something to use as a part of fulfilling your stated mission, say buying mulch to spread in front of the school as part of beautification, you do not have to pay sales tax. If your purchases are to be used as part of a fund-raising activities (a book fair or selling spirit wear) they are taxable because your stated mission is not fundraising. And if it was, you wouldn't qualify as a 501C3.

NOMINATIONS Information you need to know!


  • As a PTA president, you are likely not part of the Nominations Committee! Check your bylaws, it should say something to the effect: The President shall "be a member ex officio of all committees except the nominating committee." Make sure you know what YOUR bylaws say!
  • Know who your Nominating Committee should be - two members? Three to five members? Your Bylaws will tell you!
  • Know WHEN your Nominating Committee needs to present the slate of officers (Yes - your Bylaws will tell you!)
  • Nominees MUST give their consent to serve - look for language like: "Only those who have signified their consent to serve if elected shall be nominated for, or elected to, such office" Make sure your Committee Confirms EACH nominee for EACH office!
  • Know when your elections must be held - your bylaws will tell you!
  • Voting by proxy is prohibited! You must be present to vote! This is one of those items with a # - it comes from National PTA! (This means that you have to be present to vote - you must also be a member to vote!)
  • You may have term limits - check your bylaws!!

If you have questions, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LIAISON! We are here to help you! If you would like to have an installation ceremony for your new officers, contact your liaison! We can do that for you!


Finally - write May 27 in your calendar and make sure your newly elected officers have this date. We will be having an Officer Training workshop at Frost Middle School. 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Coming up:

April:

3-10 - Reminder - No School

15 LPTSA Council Meeting - ELECTIONS & Roads presentation at Churchill High School

28 Membership due


May:

2 Michigan PTA Reflections Awards at Johnson Upper Elementary
4 Michigan PTA President's Conference call (log in to MI PTA website for details)

5 - Reminder - No School (Rescheduled day off - originally April 29)

6 LPTSA Council Meeting

25 - Reminder - No School (Memorial Day)

27 LPTSA Council Officer Training at Frost Middle School

28 Membership due

For more information about the Michigan PTA, click here:

www.michiganpta.org
For more information about the National PTA, click here:

www.pta.org

About us

Livonia PTSA Council


The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of local PTA/PTSA units within the Livonia Public Schools District. The Council is organized under the authority of the Michigan PTA for the purpose of promoting conferences, communications, leadership development and coordination of the efforts of the local units.