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About Participatory Budgeting


Participatory Budgeting is a different way to manage public money by engaging people to directly decide how to spend public funds. Palo Alto College has set aside $25,000 for project that will be brainstormed, proposed and voted on in Spring 2016 and implemented by Spring 2017 by faculty and staff. This is your opportunity to have your ideas turned into action.

Schedule


Brainstorm

Plan

Vote

Fund

ACT

Friday, Feb. 5
by 4 p.m.:

Deadline to submit
Pre-Proposal Form
on-line or to the Office of VP of College Services
Feb. 9 & 10: Core team reviews Pre-Proposal forms Apr. 11 & 12,
8 a.m.–5 p.m.:

Project Poster Display

Student Center 130

Friday, Apr. 15,
at Noon:

Voting Results released and winning teams will be notified via phone call and/or email
View Final Proposals »
Sep. 1, 2016—
Jul. 1, 2017:

Project implementation and evaluation
  Feb. 15–26: Project teams schedule individual meets with resource members.

Budget: Rosita Elizondo
Technology: Chris Delgado
Facilities: Sergio Rivera

Project teams must contact the appropriate resource member to make an appointment.

Apr. 13 & 14,
8 a.m.–6 p.m.:

Voting open to all PAC employees (both full-time and part-time)

Student Center 130

  Monday, Aug. 1, 2017
by 4 p.m.:

Final project evaluation report due to VP of College Services
  Friday, Mar. 4,
by 4 p.m.:

Deadline to submit Consulting Form on-line or to the Office of VP of College Services
     
  Friday, Mar. 25,
by 4 p.m.:

Deadline to submit Final Proposal Form to Public Relations & Office of VP of College Services. PR will use information to design and complete project poster for display.
     

The timeline for this program is subject to change.

2016–2017 Final Proposals


Project Name Amount Proposed
Water Play Station
Ray Ellison Family Center will build a unique natural playscape for the children that includes water play. Every child wants to watch or touch or listen to water. Water provides another opportunity for endless play and experimentation.
$3,800
Student Success Support Center
This project will support phone, email, and social media initiatives focused on enrolling, retaining, persisting, and graduating student from Palo Alto College. Unlike traditional call centers, the Student Success Support Center (SSSC) will provide peer-to-peer communication via phone, email, social media, and face-to-face when needed. Currently, Palo Alto College utilizes Peer Advisors, Generalist-Student Success (SSA’s), and Work Studies to accomplish and support these goals but at times its cumbersome finding adequate space to accomplish this type of student outreach. The SSSC allows for a dedicated location with appropriate resources to make these important outreach contacts.
$4,400
Lunch & Learn
The Lunch & Learn project will offer students, faculty, and staff an alternative to the traditional indoor classroom or conference room. Funding will provide outside seating with two 8’ desks and one 8’ bench to accommodate 20-25 students as well as outdoor chalkboards on the west side of the Performing Arts building. To allow for wheelchair access, a 4’ bench will be included in the project design. By creating and ultimately utilizing the Lunch & Learn area PAC recognizes and celebrates our community’s variety of aptitudes and ways of learning.
$2,777.52
Outdoor LED Sign and Stand for REFC
Electronic message centers are one of the most cost efficient ways to advertise! These signs are the epitome of efficient use of space and dollars. A great choice to use for time and temperature, special events, interior and exterior sporting and gaming applications. Studies have shown that these signs, per advertising dollar, return the best results. This type of sign will help the center with enrollment through advertisement.
$5,000
Scannable Digital Library Wallpaper
The Ozuna Library proposes launching a new leisure e-book collection which will be made accessible through a new digital wallpaper bookshelf service. Students can easily access the library’s proposed leisure e-book collection by browsing the titles on the “digital bookshelf”. The two wallpapers are designed to look like bookshelves filled with attractive e-book covers and book-spines. Each of the e-books on the bookshelf will include a QR code which can be scanned by portable devices containing any of the free QR code reader apps. Students can then borrow (download) the e-book(s) onto their device for a three-week period.
$5,000
PAC Athletic Custom Chairs
Athletic custom chairs will enhance Palo Alto College pride during events such as sports games, graduation, honors ceremony, convocation, and other college functions. This project will use the funds to purchase 50 black padded customized chairs. Chairs will have PAC logo and name on them.
$4,022.48

Applications and Forms


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