Thank you to everyone who completed the Participatory Budgeting survey, to share your top priorities and ideas for improving the school!
Last year, 16 people submitted ideas. This year, 559 people completed the surveys, sharing 202 specific ideas! This includes 426 students, 103 parents, 19 teachers, and 10 staff. Congratulations to Adriana Galicia for being the lucky raffle winner of a $50 gift certificate to the Flatbush Food Coop!
Here are the top five priorities:
Field trips and performances
School and classroom technology
Cafeteria food and space
Outdoor play spaces
For more details, see this survey report. The Parent Association will use this input to guide our activities for the next year, to better serve and support the school community.
In February and March, a PB Committee of parents, teachers, and staff is reviewing the ideas and turning the top ones into proposals for a ballot. Then in April, all students, parents, teachers, and staff will be invited to vote to decide which projects we fund.
This work at PS 139 has also inspired bigger change at the City and State. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that he will be launching PB at all public high schools, and in April officials from across the state will visit PS 139 to prepare for a new statewide PB initiative for schools. Thank you for being part of a community that’s showing students and parents that we can all have a voice in our democracy!