Martin Luther King, Jr. PTA

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. School Library



Called to Order: 5:53 p.m.

In Attendance: 10 members and non-members; quorum met. See attached.


Secretary’s Report

Motion to file March Minutes as written. Motion seconded. Vote: Approved.


President’s Report

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration was very nice evening, huge turn-out. Thank you to Ms. Hill and everyone who helped plan and who volunteered. We may decide to keep this event in April as timing worked out really well. [Kenny] will be representing MLK PTA at PTA conference. On May 25, the Portland Council PTA will host a volunteer’s appreciation event; six seats open. Run for the Lions is April 28. Had first planning meeting for Multi-cultural night; event is May 31. Event will be configured like a museum. Would like to get flags to represent all the nationalities at MLK school, perhaps to keep at the school.


Yes On 26-193

Ted Wolf presented case for voting yes on measure 26-193, a $150 million investment in PPS school buildings including safety fixes and improvements across the district as well as modernization of three high schools and one middle school. The modernization process started in 2012. Opportunities to volunteer with the campaign: Write post-cards, phone bank, canvass. Please vote May 16; ballots go out April 26. Move to endorse measure. Motion seconded. Vote: Approved.


Treasurer’s Report

See attached. Carnival is June 9; budget is $1000.


Principal’s Report

KSMoCA hosted Hank Willis Thomas; middle school students attended lecture. School testing will be starting up; whole school celebration, reminder that this is our opportunity to shine. Jackson’s Food Stores picked MLK Jr. School to sponsor with merchandise, iPad Pro’s, etc.  Working toward arts integration, experiences both throughout the school day and in afterschool SUN program: KSMoCA, Jazz Band, etc. Also, work toward more art integration through teacher professional development. We are facing a tough budget next year, but we are resilient. Specifics of some budget-related changes outlined in newsletter. Please contact state legislators in Salem about improving school funding.


Oregon Walks

As noted at last meeting, walk rescheduled for Wednesday May 3 (will keep on this day even though Mother’s Day event was rescheduled.) Also will host table with maps on Multi-Cultural Night. Purpose is to identify safety and other barriers students encounter during their walk to school and suggest potential fixes. PDOT has budgeted money for improvements, and the funds will be doled out over the next four years. Also, Oregon Walks will host an Open House for the Jefferson Cluster April 20 at Ockley-Green School.


Nominating Committee

Get word out about open positions, red folders, newsletter, etc. Interest in considering different meeting schedules next year and other ideas to get more people to participate. Note: Any changes must comport with PTA bylaws unless we want to reorganize as a PTO.


Committee Reports

Events: Carnival is June 9. Looking for people to join planning committee. Multi-cultural Night is May 31, last of four academic nights – need parent volunteers..



Agenda incorrectly indicated that April 19 Courageous Conversation cancelled; will be held as originally planned.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:03 p.m.