Horace Mann PTA Meeting Minutes
April 10, 2019
I. Welcome and Introductions
II. Announcements and Good News Minutes
Allison Litzenberg reminded those in attendance that they can still purchase yard signs for $10. Reach
out to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
III. Teacher Representatives
Debbie Thompson pointed out that because of PTA, they have gone on lots of field trips without asking
parents for money. She also appreciates classroom library donations (book clubs, full sets, 5-6 copies of
each book now). She thanked parents on behalf of the staff for all the wonderful meals at conference.
Amy talked about upcoming mini-courses (i.e. parents, grandparents come in to teach classes in a small
group setting). When asked to talk about how 4th grade is such a big transition year, Amy replied that
learning styles and organizations skills develop, they really enforce the use of a planner and there is a
gradual release of dependence on the teachers. Finally, another parent asked if 4th graders would have
mini-society this year?Amy described what mini-society is (students design, build, market and sell a
product)…and she said 4th graders might be experiencing “new and improved” ideas.
IV. New Business
A. Amy talked about the upcoming speaker. She is intrigued by handouts about “overindulged
children” and the role we as adults play in helping our kids. This is the first time Horace Mann invited
other schools within our community to attend. PTA Minnesota is encouraging schools to also focus on
their community, so we invited them as an outreach. All families in the neighborhood welcome to attend.
B. PTA Budget discussions are starting. If anyone has questions, requests, concerns or
suggestions…let us know.
C. Aaron Litzenberg is helping us put together our own website. As part of Minnesota PTA’s
new mission, they are encouraging us to have our own website…a separate entity. Aaron said he wants to
create something that will work for the entire community, allowing people to contribute, a single place to
have portable information so it’s accessible and manageable for the PTA. Karla likened it to
Perspectives…that the information is accessible. She asked what parents would like to see. Responses
included: a public calendar of events, committee chairs’ contact information, links to sign-up sheets,
descriptions of all the events, what we have budgeted for events, average costs for attending events,
photos from events, maybe teachers could list wants and needs, maybe list WHY we do events, and a link
to Amazon Smile. Finally, Aaron mentioned the idea is also to have a google drive where we can hold all
the past documents. PTA board members will also have their own email address so we don’t have to use
personal accounts anymore.
V. Treasurer’s Report
YTD Total Revenue: $102,223
YTD Total Expenses: $85, 113
YTD Revenue subract Expenses: $17,120
Bank Account Balance as of 3/31/19: $93, 870
If you are interested in more details of the PTA Budget please contact Jackie Hippen directly at
VI. Principal’s Report
For a copy of Jim’s presentation, go to: www.spps.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?
The presentation included the following information:
A. School district’s strategic plan, which is the guide for the next five years. The district
assembled 10 action teams with 120 members, including partners from different organizations in the city.
The district took what they had to say, as well as community input and best practices…and came up with
this strategic plan.
Mission: Inspire students to think critically
Horace Mann Mission: falls under district mission and should apply to all of us no matter the role
Guiding Values: achievement, communications, continuous improvement, etc.
Stakeholder engagement: engagement during the planning process, ongoing engagement variable
and fixed strategies. Board of Education will receive an annual report.
Long-term Student Outcomes. need to be measured
SPPS Achieves Strategic Plan—see handout*
We’re in phase 1 right now. We are starting with part of it based on urgency…First phase is a
plan for three years. You can go to the website and dive into it even deeper. School district is looking at
priorities. Academic department a huge part of what we do: multilingual learning, personalized learning,
school improvement, specialized services (special ed, counseling, etc). Strategic plan leads to resource
allocation, which leads to school budgeting process.
B. Horace Mann’s 2019-2020 Budget
b. Compensatory Education $421.884
c. The successful referendum was a huge help for us as we don’t have to cut
supplies and teachers.
Jim provided a breakdown/projections: We are back to having 3 regular TA’s (lots more support for
students and help in library and office). $24,161 for non-instructional. Jim will not have to ask for PTA
support (supplies and copier). He then gave a breakdown of planned expenditures. Science, art and
Special Ed and ELL will get money, unlike the past.
Co-President-Nikki Mechelke, email@example.com
Co-President -Karla Lauerman Cummins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer-Jackie Hippen, email@example.com
Teacher Representative-Amy Kortuem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Communications Secretary-Allison Litzenberg, email@example.com
Co-Communications Secretary-Libby Stanton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording Secretary-Melanie McMahon, email@example.com
Co-Volunteer Coordinator-Katie Sexe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Volunteer Coordinator-Tracy Riekenberg, email@example.com