Question: School board has to approve all PTO activities??

We are a newly started PTO, we are trying to gain our start up costs(non profit, ect) and have been offered an opportunity to do host a consession stand for a local event that would help us to raise much needed money. We were told that we had to have school board approval for ALL activities that we did as the PTO, not just ones that involved the kids. Is this true.

Asked by Momma2ahandfull



Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
If that's the rule, it's one that's been imposed by your local school district. It's also pretty unusual and one you should work to get changed. PTOs that have restrictions typically have to get approval from the school or (sometimes) the district office. Having to go through the school board for everything you do is very inefficient and will make it hard for you to operate on a day-to-day basis.

Community Advice

traceym writes:
No, it is not true. If your PTO is set up as an outside non-profit organization it has nothing to do with the school board. We started our PTO last year. You might have to ask permission to use the school facilities for PTO events and meetings, but we really have nothing to do with our school board. Also, try the Yankee Candle Fundraiser, it helped us get start up money fast.

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