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scary prez

22 years 9 months ago #56016 by
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Regarding 'scary prez' - If you are the treasurer, you should have the checkbook. Any spending should be approved either by your appropriations committee or by a majority vote at your scheduled meetings.
22 years 9 months ago #56015 by MightyJo
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Kathy, from the way you phrased your question, are you aware that PTO's are independent organizations? Each has their own separate bylaws which are written and approved by the members. If you're a new PTO it's possible there are no bylaws. Do you know who the officers were last year (I get the feeling this is your 2nd year, is that correct?) Do they have any info re: bylaws? If you do indeed need bylaws, there were some topics in this forum that had links to PTO websites who had copies of their bylaws. Also, 2 websites I've found helpful are and . You'll find ideas for what to include in bylaws.

Second, do you have a budget? If not, you need one. (Sorry, that sounds nasty, didn't mean it to.) That determines how much you spend for different things.

Next, have you spoken with the pres. about her "private office"? (Just curious what sort of equipment she's bought. Does she keep it at home?) Has anyone told her that this is inappropriate since this money was raised to benefit the children directly. I have found that I like to speak with people directly and not rely on hearsay. I guess I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt until I speak with them. (Just call me an old softy!) Do you have an exec. board who has gotten together? Building a rapport (SP?) among your exec. board really helps you work as a team & helps minimize people doing things on their own. It can often help with gossip too, because people understand each other better and learn to be more honest.

Sorry, got on my soapbox!
Keep us informed.

22 years 9 months ago #56014 by mykidsmom
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Would your Principal know if any by-laws were written?? Where did the money come from if your PTO is just beginning, this could be a bigger issue if she is spending money the school gave you to start out with. If you don't have by-laws, Roberts Rules of Order would be a terrific guidline for meetings. You may be past that and need to meet with the school board to express your concerns. Do other parents know about this? I have had to go to the board before to air a concern I had with comments a former Prez made to the press, we were advised to amend our by laws with removal claus and report back. Things did change (for the most part) but the board watched over us for a long time, and I was glad! Hang in there and let us know.
22 years 9 months ago #56013 by
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Our school was just created last year and very few people show up for PTO meetings. I volunteered for the treasurer postition because no one else did. Later in the year another person I will call Jenny volunteered for the president position. It seems not all is right with Jenny and although she is very gung ho about "getting everything going" this year for the PTO, she is not quite telling everyone the whole truths about everyone else and she seems to think she can make our PTO a corporation. SHe is spending money on office equipment for "Her personal office" without votes and what I am wondering is, are there any PTO bylaws in place that we can review for the proper running of this? Don't we get to vote on what is spent? PLease help me out here in INDY!
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