General Overview

The Lilja PTO spends approximately $50,000 per year to support the teachers, students, and families of the Lilja Community. Expenses are broken down into five main sections—they are listed below along with a brief description of what each category covers. Members of the Lilja community may contact The PTO Treasurer for a detailed copy of the budget.


Classroom/TEACHER Support

47% is spent on classroom enrichment, staff requests, library support, playground support, and the principal’s budget.

Each teacher is reimbursed up to $180 for classroom items.



Cultural Arts Program

20% is given annually to the Cultural Arts Program, which brings in many wonderful performers throughout the year for the children at Lilja.

In the past the following groups came to Lilja: New England Aquarium, Earth Adventure, Jungle Encounters, Wheelock Theater, Impulse Dance Center, artist Bren Bataclan, and many performances.


Field Trips

Last year, the PT0 spent 10%, to subsidize the cost of the field trips the students take to enrich their education.


Special Events

11% is spent to provide fun and social events to bring the Lilja community together. These include the all-school dance, research and discovery night, game nights, the Kindergarten picnic, the Lilja Fair, field days, the perennial gardens, staff appreciation days, yearbook, and the maintenance of the fish tank.


Operating Budget

12% is spent on general administrative costs such as bank fees, printing charges, the annual Lilja Scholarship (given to a Lilja alum who is graduating high school), hospitality charges, babysitting services for PTO meetings and curriculum nights, insurance, and external educational support.


FORM 990

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Lilja PTO is required to submit a Form 990 to the IRS. Below is the most recent filing.

FY17 990 Filing