In a community like Bethlehem, which is affluent and engaged, these may seem like quibbling concerns. Indeed, BC students are lucky to have neighbors and parents willing to open up the checkbook and make their time at school better.
We are concerned that this sort of arrangement may become the new normal, however. Members of the Glenmont PTA are right to worry about the community becoming overburdened, and so should officials in the district that are increasingly relying on the power of donations.
This might be an acceptable approach for getting through tough times, but it is hardly a way to live. We encourage the school board to view PTA and community support as a stop gap measure only, and to continue working to increase efficiencies and one day in the future wean itself off of public charity.