Question: Qualifications for Nominees

What do you do when someone is nominated for an office on the PTO Board but they are not a good member in standing due to writing bad checks to the PTO?

Asked by Anonymous



Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
You should let the person know that she can't be a candidate, according to the bylaws (if that's true), unless the checks are taken care of. If you're wondering whether someone who has written bad checks should be an officer at all, I'd say that depends. In a situation where there was an honest mistake that was corrected when the person was able, there's probably no reason not to let that person take a board position (though maybe not treasurer...). On the other hand, if it has been a struggle to get a straight story out of the person or they have outright lied, I can understand why you wouldn't want them on the board. If the checks are taken care of, you probably can't prevent that person from being nominated, but you might want to make sure you have another candidate to vote for. A frank discussion with the person..."we're concerned because..." might help clarify the situation.

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