Below is a description of a $1,500 funding request for the Inman Technology Foundation. The funds would go toward filling the gap in classroom technology in the new Inman Middle School trailers. Specifically, the money would be used to purchase Promethean boards, LCD projectors, mounting equipment and related items. These are the items that the Inman MS principal says are needed, and APS does not have the budget for them. The goal is to have the equipment in place when school opens on August 6.
This is a cross-cluster initiative; all the neighborhoods in the cluster have been asked to contribute toward the $12,610 total. If every neighborhood contributed equally, it would be $1,100 each. Since some neighborhoods do not have funds, we have been asked to contribute $1,500.
More information is below. There will be a vote at this Monday's CPNO membership meeting, and the CPNO Board has voted in favor of supporting this request.
From: Jack White & Nicole Foerschler Horn, Virginia Highland Civic Association
To the Grady Cluster Neighborhoods:
As you know, Atlanta Public Schools made the decision to install trailers at Inman Middle School as an interim response to immediate overcrowding. While a task force has been set up to look at long-term solutions, the current middle-schoolers still need to have adequate equipment and support to ensure that excellent learning is achieved during this transition period.
Principal Herrema and the staff of Inman Middle School are working very hard to get Inman Middle ready to welcome and educate all of our children by August 6th. There’s a part of this that we can all help with.
To bring the trailer classrooms on par with the building’s, all the trailers must be outfitted with Mimio Teach Units, LCD projectors, and related items. Mounting equipment must be supplied as well.
At this critical budget time, these items are not in the APS budget (nor were the existing ones, for that matter), and as we know, their procurement process is lengthy and involved. The Inman PTA made a generous donation of $5000 to get the process started. The total cost of all the remaining necessary equipment and installation is $12,610. (We are attaching the quotes for reference).
We are asking that every neighborhood that sends its children to Inman Middle School contribute funds to this project. There are over a dozen neighborhoods – listed below - that are part of the Grady Cluster. We are asking that each neighborhood contribute $1100 to meet this need.
We know that this is a hardship for some communities and organizations, and any amount will be greatly appreciated. Private donations will be gratefully accepted, of course!
Mrs. Herrema needs to place this order very soon to get all the equipment installed and tested prior to the first day of school. At the June 27th cluster meeting at Inman Middle School, this issue was discussed with several neighborhoods and they pledged support, but obviously not every neighborhood organization was there. Please let us know what you can do and by what date. Some groups may have fiscal year procedures that restrict their donating for a period of time. If that’s the case, please share that information too.
The Inman Technology Foundation – founded in fall of 2005 by a group of parents to facilitate the purchase of the first round of Promethean boards at the school - will be the recipient of the funds for this endeavor.
Let’s make this happen for Principal Herrema and her incredible staff at Inman Middle School. All during the rezoning process, Principal Herrema was a calm, optimistic voice that assured all worried parents that Inman Middle was ready to face whatever challenges would come as a result of the final decision. Helping with this purchase will take a tremendous burden off her shoulders. We hope it will be the first of many initiatives that we can all work on together.