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Help - we may change from PTC (Booster Club) to PTO. Any advice?

7 months 3 days ago #173003 by Liz L
Hi Mrsbcook,
You are on the right track, but there are a few things at play here. To some degree, this is just semantics -- a PTC IS a PTO, "PTO" being a generic term for all non-PTA (independent of the national PTA) parent groups. But if you are talking about true independence from your school and principal, you really want to think about the bigger picture, especially regarding your relationship with the principal. If you think you can make this switch and still preserve a cooperative vibe, some of the steps you want to take are making sure your bylaws are solid, getting an EIN so you can have your own bank account, etc. Here's some good info:
www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/arti...7-how-to-start-a-pto

And there's also a more comprehensive start-up toolkit on our site:
www.ptotoday.com/startup-guide

Best of luck, and feel free to reach out again.
Liz from PTO Today
7 months 3 days ago #173004 by Liz L
Hi Mrsbcook,
You are on the right track, but there are a few things at play here. If you are talking about true independence from your school and principal, you really want to think about the bigger picture, especially regarding your relationship with the principal. If you think  you can make this switch and still preserve a cooperative vibe, some of the steps you want to take are making sure your bylaws are solid, getting an EIN so you can have your own bank account, etc. Here's some good info:
www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/arti...7-how-to-start-a-pto

And there's also a more comprehensive start-up toolkit on our site:
www.ptotoday.com/startup-guide

Best of luck, and feel free to reach out again.
Liz from PTO Today
7 months 3 days ago #173006 by Anonymous
This was actually suggested by the principal so in terms of our relationship things will not change. This is just in hopes that it will make things a little easier for our organization to function without so many hoops to jump through. I appreciate your input and I have already purchased the start up guide to look through.
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