(This was written in Feb of 2010)
As I blogged about before I volunteered to be our school’s PTA President, a job that I really wasn’t prepared for to be honest. They must have been desperate because the previous VP (and it was the VP calling me because last year’s President did NOTHING that year) called me three times to beg me to take the job.
I wish I had said no.
I’ve tried my best to be a good President, I really did. To date NONE of the teachers have contacted me to submit anything for the newsletter nor do they let me know what special projects are going on in their class. Communication between me and the committee chairs is practically nothing and now some of the the teachers are boycotting the book fair. Why would teachers who claim to be in dire need of supplies cut off their nose to spite their face? Because they are fucking idiots, that’s why. Lemme splain…
The school has a reading program where kids can read books on a certain list, then take a test on that book in the computer. Not all teachers use this list and it’s only for the higher grades. Not all of the books have tests. Let me rewrite that for you: some kids will read a book only to find out there is NO FUCKING TEST TO TAKE. They then have to read another book and hope that there’s a test to take. PTA was asked if there were funds to upgrade the system so every book has a test; we did not have specific funds set aside so we decided to use the profits from our next book fair to pay for the upgrade. This suggestion was brought up at a Board Meeting; the Teacher Liaison had NO PROBLEM with this and assured me the teachers would be on board. The book fair committee chair discussed this with the principal; he approved it after being asked several times if he was sure this would be okay. This was not a decision that was made rashly or without consultation from all parties involved. To compensate for the books the teachers won’t be getting from the profits of the book fair we decided to let them put an unlimited number of books on their Wish List; this is where the parents buy books requested by their child’s teacher.
The book fair arrives and most of the wish list slots are empty. Instead of supporting a PTA decision that will benefit the majority of the students they decided to boycott because their particular grades don’t use the reading system. Instead of telling their parents about the PTA’s decision and requesting extra books they decided to NOT SEND HOME THE ORDER FORM FOR THE BOOKFAIR. My 5th grader brought one home; my 3rd grader did not. My 5th grader’s teacher made a wish list (and I bought her a book); my 3rd grader’s teacher did not.
In a time when education is facing more and more cuts these pig-headed teachers decided to do the most selfish thing possible. They couldn’t have been more blatant if they had walked up to the rest of the kids in the school and told them to go fuck themselves. THIS is why our PTA is floundering; it’s only a Parent-TEACHER Association if the teachers are getting something; otherwise we can all go get fucked. Most of the parents didn’t even KNOW we were having a book fair this week; I am making DAMN sure the school principal knows why. Then, when the dust settles (so the wrong people won’t get blamed) I am going to make it my mission to let every single parent know what these teachers did so the next time they have their hands out whining about how they need books for their classroom the parents can make an informed decision on whether to buy them or not. As for me, once this year is over I am DONE with this PTA. I really REALLY thought I could make a difference, turns out a few bad apples have ruined it for the rest of us. I know exactly which of my kid’s teachers will be getting appreciation from me at the end of the year and which one will be getting a big FUCK YOU. I will find out which of the upper grade teachers participated in this cluster fuck and I will make sure if my child gets them as a teacher that they will also be getting a big FUCK YOU from me, not just at the end of the year from ALL YEAR LONG. You need a ream of paper? TOUGH SHIT, BUY IT YOURSELF. You need hand sanitizer? BOO FUCKING HOO. You need extra snacks for the class? START CLIPPING SOME COUPONS, BITCH.
When I think about how I could abuse my power as President and really make the rest of the year crappy for them I smile and stop myself. I’m better than that. I can think about it though, right?
So, that wasn’t my last year as Prez. I stayed on for a second year to make sure the changes I implemented weren’t abandoned. The second year was infinitely easier and the teachers all shut their collective pieholes when we upped the Instruction Materials limit by $100. Kindergarten was the biggest offender during the Book Fair fiasco of the previous year, since they don’t use the system in question, but when it was time to hand out funds for that reading program they sure the fuck had their hands out for their share of the money. A parent let slip they needed it to pay for their end-of-year fair (that had NOTHING to do with literacy). I had the Principal remind them the funds MUST be used for a reading program.
My term as president ended at the end of this year (THANK GOD) and because I’m a sucker for punishment I’m this year’s Treasurer.
Yeah, I know.
Well, I’m Treasurer if and when I get the books back in time. Apparently, this past year’s Treasurer was a moron who knew nothing about the importance of getting the books to the accountant at the end of the year despite us repeatedly reminding her, asking her, and the fact that it’s the LAW. I predict we will lose our tax-exempt status and be royally fucked all year. At least I get to forward all the grouchy emails I’ll be getting from disgruntled parents/teachers and pass them on to the new President. Not my problem anymore, man. And that grand revenge I had planned for all those selfish teachers? Well, I got over that. However, I do plan on having us hand out the literacy funds in the middle of the school year so those darling kindergarten teachers can’t spend in on their end of year fair. I may have matured a bit in my old age but I’m still a raging bitch.