Question: Can a principal or superintendent force a PTO to hand over funds and give school control of them?

We acquired a new superintendent approximately 10 months ago. He has gone after the different booster clubs demanding they turn over all accounting records and funds to be held in the school's general fund. Most recently, they are asking our PTO to do this. The PTO operates under its own EIN and has a 501(c)(3) status. Can the school administration force this? I know they don't have to allow PTO to operate on school property, etc., but is that the extend of their power? If so, where can I find this is writing to be able to back up my argument?

Asked by Anonymous



Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
Hi there,
If you are a a 501(c)(3) you do not have to hand over your funds. However, the school board or other governing body in your community can set many rules over how your group can operate. It would be helpful to reach out to the new superintendent and explain why you want to independently maintain the PTO money. The key reason: Parents raised this money and want to see it put to use in their school. If the superintendent takes that ability away, parents will lose incentive to donate/raise funds.


Community Advice

bbussell writes:
Does this apply even if they do not have their 501(c)(3) status? They for sure operate under their own EIN and bank account. Also, does the principal have the authority to ask the president to step down?

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