Barton Hills Elementary PTA 5 Year Plan Focus Group Sessions

(Coordinated and sponsored by the BHE PTA in response to the May 2011 PTA Survey Results)

Our intention: to gather the input of our savvy neighborhood, community partners, passionate parent community and dedicated Staff at Barton Hills Elementary.

Your input will kick-off a process to develop a PTA 5 Year Plan addressing collaborative uses of our PTA budget as well as other revenue sources.

Please join us to brainstorm ideas on how to best utilize and enhance our facility, school grounds, and programs.

Wed. Sept 28, 7-9pm St Mark’s Parish Hall
Wed. Oct 5, 7-9pm St Mark’s Parish Hall
Thurs. Oct 6, 7-9 pm BHE Library

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KXAN’s Reagan Hackleman reported live from Zilker Park again last night during the evening news with a story about preparations by Austin Fire Deparment for the crowds expected for the Austin City Limits Festival that runs today through Sunday.

Our own Neighborhood Watch chairman John Luther was interviewed and included in the story, describing actions residents of Barton Hills are taking to heighten awareness of the fire danger. Luther said “The fire danger is extreme The greenbelt is rugged. It would difficult to get fire equipment in there, if not impossible.”

City officials held a press conference Thursday morning at Zilker Park where Austin Police Lt. Todd Smith stated “This is about the most dangerous place in Austin where a fire could start and it could really cause a lot of damage.” Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said ,”Yes we are concerned. Yes we are prepared. We’re staffing up additional brush trucks.”

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The Barton Hills Neighborhood Association issued a press release Sept. 15 describing the campaign to inform visitors attending the Austin City Limits Music Festival about the extreme fire danger in our community. In addition to placing signs at strategic entry points to the greenbelt and throughout the neighborhood, residents will be on high alert for any evidence of fire and have been instructed to call 911 in the event smoke is seen or smelled.

BHNA Vice President Melissa Hawthorne stated “We are very pleased with the cooperation demonstrated by the ACL Festival producers, C3 Presents, Austin Parks and Recreation, Austin’s first responders and local media to elevate this issue and help enforce the burn ban in the park. We want to insure people understand the extremely dry conditions and the affect a fire would have to our community.”

You can read the entire press release here.

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