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Crestmoor Parents Raise Funds to Hire New Teacher

In an unprecedented effort for the school district, the Crestmoor Elementary PTO has put forth a proposal to hire a new part-time teacher to reduce the number of combination classes—with money they've raised on their own.

Wanting to cut down on the number of combination classes at their school, Crestmoor Elementary parents have banded together to try a new experiment this school year: pay for another teacher on their own.

The parents of Crestmoor's PTO have been meeting since last school year, and they launched a special fundraising effort called "One More Teacher" to raise the additional funding necessary to hire a sixth teacher at the school.

They were able to raise $22,000, which will be used to hire a new part-time teacher if the San Bruno Park School Board approves the proposal at its .

"Because of the nature of this position it will not be the cause of or set any precedent that would be used to determine past practice for the future," the proposal states. "It is a one-time solution to a unique problem and would not continue after the 2012-2013 school year."

The proposal seems to have the support of the school district, which has acknowledged the uniqueness of the idea of having parents—rather than the school district—pay a teacher's salary.

The school board would have to approve the proposal as a gift to the school district, which would come with a set of guidelines that would have to be followed.

Board members would also have to decide whether the proposal puts other schools in lower-income neighborhoods at a disadvantage.

"The Board will need to consider whether such a precedent would create the potential for a fiscal inequity issue between the district schools, based upon one attendance area's ability to fund raise," Superintendent David Hutt said in a staff report.

If the proposal is approved, Crestmoor will be able to hire a part-time teacher for its kindergarten class, which would allow all of the other teachers to focus on working with one grade in a classroom.

The school board meeting is at 7 p.m. at .

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Chris Kiely September 17, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Salina: willingness to contribute = money. Lots of families can't afford $145, especially after paying that much for things like locker and planners, etc. At Crestmoor there were over 40 donors. But at least $15,000 came from only 9 donors. Some schools don't have a core like that. The parents at Crestmoor should be proud of the effort and sacrifices they made. The staffing arrangement is very well thought out. That doesn't mean letting parents pay for teaching staff at their own site is the right thing for a District to do.
John Hanson September 17, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I guess we could just sit and let them close the schools. Do you have kids in San Bruno Schools Chris?
SBParent September 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Salina: Are you saying there is no correlation between household income and amount of contributions to a school? Household income and demographics of a community play a huge role in the amount a family can contribute. It's not that they just aren't willing to contribute! For some, that would be a choice between spending money to house and feed their children OR spending it on their public school. In fact, many SB schools have lots of parents who donate their time in the form of participation because they cannot afford to donate money.
Annie Goldstein September 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Salina: I agree with you completely. I am a Crestmoor parent and I am no means wealthy. The last couple of years were tough for everyone including my family; when the economy went bad I cut things in my house; Expensive cable went out the door ($130.00+ per month) and my cute little cellphone went into moth balls ($120.00+ per month). We saved around $3000.00 per year with those two things. I clipped coupons for groceries, got hand me downs from neighbors etc. Two years later we can breath a bit more; I value education and if I have to do without things like a cellphone or cable for a while to give that boost for my kids then I will. Public Education can not be completely free anymore. I can't afford Saint Roberts so I am willing to give money to Crestmoor in order to boost my children's education. San Carlos and Burlingame are INDIRECTLY funding teachers because they fund other things. If the district doesn't have to pay for X then they can put more $$$ into Z. X= books, computers, supplies, etc Z= teachers, class size reduction, no split classes, GATE, etc
Annie Goldstein September 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I can not "just sit and let them close the schools." I'm willing to give. I think the next step is for everyone to join together and fund the San Bruno Education Fund. We need to make the Education Fund Stronger. Chris: I don't know when you guys are meeting again but I'd love to join in for another meeting; let me know.

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