Buy Our Own Technology

School Community Council

Parent Teacher Association

Buy Our Own Technology: FAQ

Q. Why is it called BOOT? Q. Why not go to the state legislature and ask for more money?
A. The Salt Lake School District said we could have a separate nonprofit corporation, but it could not use the name "Indian Hills" or "Foundation." A. The issue of lack of funding for public schools is ongoing with the legislature and governor's office. There is merit for all of the arguments both pro and con regarding funding. Unfortunately, while those arguments continue, our kids are missing out. We simply can't wait.
Q. Who makes the decision on what the un-met needs are for the school? Q. Why should we, as parents, pay more?
A. The board, made up of parents, teachers, and administrators, makes the decision. A. We look at is this way: tax revenues pay for the basics. A school building, faculty and staff, supplies, utilities, etc. isn't enough. Making up the difference of what is needed falls squarely on the shoulders of the parents. (If you sent your child to a private school, you would pay for all of the above--and still be asked for more.)
Q. What safeguards are in place to assure the gifts received by BOOT will be utilized in the manner designated by the donor? Q. Will we be labeled as elitist?
A. Checks for more than $5,000 may not be issued unless approved by the board and signed by two board members. All funding requires board approval. A Indian Hills parents should not be penalized for wanting to support our own children.
Q. Is this type of fundraising unusual for public elementary schools? Q. Doesn't our property taxes pay for the school?
A. Yes. Face-to-face, personalized fund-raising where parents ask other parents to give is normally limited to private schools and at the university level, both public and private. However, there is no reason why it can't be used at a neighborhood school like Indian Hills. A. No. Approximately 50% of our property taxes goes to the Salt Lake City School District. It is then apportioned by the District to all of the schools within the District. In addition, revenues from our property taxes constitute less than one-half or the funding received by the District.
Q. Will every parent participate? Q. What about getting support from local businesses, foundations, and federal funding?
A. No. For a variety of reasons some parents will choose not to participate. That's okay. The key is to give every parent the opportunity to give. A. Indian Hills will never be considered an "at risk" school, and therefore attracting foundation, corporate, and federal dollars is highly unlikely.
Q. If successful, will the school district reduce its funding by the same amount as raised by BOOT? Q. Aren't our kids doing well enough?
A. No. Funds raised by BOOT are applied toward non-budgeted items. A. Indian Hills students score well above the state average in testing with the available resources it receives now. The issue becomes how much better they can do, if they have better resources.
Q. Is this a one-time effort? Q. What about the ongoing fundraising and special events to raise money?
A. No. We se this as a significant start. BOOT and parents of Indian Hills school kids will need to be supportive. We are hopeful the process of greater financial support from parents on an ongoing basis will ensure a better education for our kids. A. Successful fundraising like the sale of grocery coupons and specialty items will continue.
Q. How do you determine what parents should give? Q. Are we duplicating efforts of the Salt Lake Education Foundation or Indian Hills PTA and SCC?
A. We don't. Every family's financial circumstances are different. We will show them what the needs are and give parameters of gift levels, payable over time. It is up to the family to make the determination of what they can give, if any. BOOT is appreciative of any gift a parent can make. A. No. Typically the District's Foundation raises money for districtwide programs and projects and/or schools that are "at risk." The PTA is limited to one fund-raiser per year and involves parents in the learning end of the school. The SCC (School Community Council) does not fund-raise.
    Q. What can I do to get involved?
    A. Become a member of the Board and participate in improving the quality of education for our children. BOOT meetings are held monthly at school in the evenings. Please contact the school for the next meeting date and time.