Central High School Parent Advisory Council (2020-2021)
What is Central’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC)?
PAC is a group of parents, guardians, community members, and others with a connection to Central High School who meet (via Zoom) on the first Monday of the month (7:00-8:30 PM). All are welcome at these meetings. PAC’s mission is “(t)o support and enhance the education of students and the experience of staff and the school community”. We do this by raising and distributing funds, supporting special projects and initiatives, fostering communication between families and the school, organizing parent volunteers, and finding ways to show our appreciation for Central teachers and staff members. Note that the Central High School PAC is also a registered non-profit group, or 501(c)(3) Organization.
What is HUEmyns of Central?
Organized by the Central High School PAC officers over the summer of 2020, HUEmyns of Central is a “Special Committee” of the PAC. The mission of HUEmyns of Central is, “(t)o use a racial equity lens to support and enhance the education of all students, with a focus on eliminating barriers and providing equitable opportunities for students of color and building a strong community of all stakeholders at Central High School. HUEmyns of Central Committee meetings are open to all parents, students, community members and others with a connection to Central High School. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month via Zoom (7:00-8:30 PM)
If you are interested in joining HUEmyns of Central’s mission/meetings—or finding out more about what this committee is up to, please email us here: HUEmynsofCentral@gmail.com
Also, please follow us @huemynsofcentral on Instagram!
How does PAC raise money?
Once a year, we send a letter to all Central families asking for donations. We coordinate this with a fundraising drive on Give to the Max Day in mid-November. You can donate through our GiveMN website page at any time of the year; please check it out at https://givemn.org/organization/Central-High-School-Parent-Advisory-Council. If your bank uses popmoney, you can also email money directly to PAC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again to all past and future donors! Your money is well spent.
How are PAC funds distributed?
Central High School faculty, staff, and student groups make requests of PAC through a common funding form and we approve or decline those requests at our monthly PAC meetings with guidance from the meeting attendees and Central High School principal. In the past, the PAC group funded over 30 requests from teachers per year. Funds have paid for things like student planners, the 9th grade retreat at the start of each school year, bus tokens for students who stay after school for tutoring, signs around the school and many essential classroom materials such as: foreign language material subscriptions, art supplies, document cameras, and science equipment. Funds have also paid for meals and treats for Central High School staff during conferences throughout the school year. Obviously this has looked quite different in the past six months with the COVID-19 pandemic so our funding practices are evolving to still fill important needs.
Why should I go to a PAC meeting?
- find out about volunteer opportunities at Central High School for parents/families
- share ideas & provide input on how Central High School PAC money is spent
- meet other parents and members of the Central High School community
- ask questions and find out about resources for families and students
PAC Meeting Dates (2020-2021)
Note that Central High School PAC meetings will be conducted via Zoom (video conference calls) during the COVID-19 era—and otherwise in the conference room in the office area at Central High School. We meet on Monday evenings during the months listed below from 7:00-8:30 PM:
- October 12, 2020 - meeting agenda, meeting minutes
- November 2, 2020 - meeting minutes
- December 7, 2020 - meeting minutes
- January 4, 2021 - meeting minutes
- February 1, 2021
- March 1, 2021
- April 12, 2021 (not on 4/5/21 due to Spring Break)
- May 3, 2021
PAC Executive Officers: Co-Chairs: Cherise Ayers, Sunny Kase;
Treasurer: Amy Schrank; Secretary: Stacia Wick.
Questions about PAC: Please contact us with any questions and concerns about the Central High School PAC by emailing us here: email@example.com
Funding Request Form
The Central PAC provides small grants (up to $500) to teachers, staff, and student groups for educational materials that are not covered by the school's budget or departmental fundraising. The PAC is particularly interested in funding requests that eliminate barriers and provide equitable opportunities for students of color.
NOTE: PAC does not fund requests for professional development. PAC also does not directly fund requests for bus transportation, but has provided a grant to the school that could be used for field trip busing. To request use of those funds, please contact Principal Vang.