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school employee and PTO board member conflict?

15 years 2 weeks ago #59387 by nicknick
Is it a conflict for your Ex. Board members who are representing the parents also be employee's of the school?
15 years 2 weeks ago #59388 by ScottMom#1
It is written in our bylaws that a parent can be an exec member only if they are acting as a parent not as an employee of the school. Needless to say, this has caused conflict in the past.

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15 years 2 weeks ago #59389 by <confused>
Replied by <confused> on topic school employee and PTO board member conflict?
2 of our board members are parents who are employees of the school. They are not teachers, as we also have a few teachers on our board.

I don't think having the 2 parent/employees has ever been a problem, in fact if anything, I believe it has been somewhat benefitial.
15 years 2 weeks ago #59390 by <confused>
Replied by <confused> on topic school employee and PTO board member conflict?
2 of our board members are parents who are employees of the school. They are not teachers, as we also have a few teachers on our board.

I don't think having the 2 parent/employees has ever been a problem, in fact if anything, I believe it has been somewhat benefitial.
15 years 2 weeks ago #59391 by JHB
This is a policy decision each PTO needs to make. There's no one "right" answer. I belong to two PTO's. One has it in it's bylaws that no school employee or district employee at a managerial level can be an officer.

The other has no such clause and the school nurse was the President a couple years ago and teachers have also been officers. (Note - these people were all parents of children in the school, as well as being employees.)
15 years 2 weeks ago #59392 by ihad2muchcoffee
Replied by ihad2muchcoffee on topic school employee and PTO board member conflict?
Remember, if you've filed Articles of Incorporation and have 501(c3) status, your PTO is most likely a public benefit corporation with members. All paid members have the right to vote on motions made during PTO meetings, and this includes approving the bylaws.

Our PTO's requirement for directors and officers is that they are members in good standing of the PTO.

I personally don't think it's right to exclude any paid member from a being a director or officer on the PTO board.
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