Question: New PTA President - Where to Start

Okay so I hope y'all can help me. I am going to be President of the PTA at my daughter's elementary school next year and I haven't gotten much direction on what to do so I've been looking for ways to get organized and the best approaches for the coming year. I found so much information online that I don't know where to begin - including this site! What do I absolutely have to do first and when? Do I need to go to the county and district PTA meetings? Do I have to be officially elected first? Where do I find the current bylaws? I'm trying not to stress out before it even starts but I'm feeling a little lost... Thank you in advance for your patience.

Asked by sarahpumpkin



Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
Hi sarahpumpkin,

First of all a big congrats to you! So, is there a current PTA board at your daughter's school? Then there should be an election this spring to elect officers for the next school year. This board should be able to give you access to their records, including the financial information you need. Current bank balance, bank records, etc. Check with your district PTA to see what the deal is regarding those meetings. The current bylaws should be posted on the PTAs website, or, if that isn't the case, the outgoing offiicers should have a copy. Your first steps should be to meet with the outgoing team, along with your fellow new officers and talk about what is ongoing, what the expectations are for next year, etc. Then, spend some time with your fellow officers to talk about (big picture) you are hoping to do next year. Your next step should be a meeting with the principal to see how to best work together. Then it will be time to identify what needs to be done during the summer -- there may be some back to school program planning that needs to take place.

But, relax, you have plenty of time. Do one thing at a time and it will come together.

In the meantime, check out of these articles on leadership. These should be helpful in giving you the sense of how you personally want to approach this job.

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All the best!

Rose C.
Community Manager

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