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Help in Changing from a PTA to a PTO

16 years 2 months ago #141858 by MomToRedHeadBoys
Our PTA Board has voted to change to a PTO. We invited our families to an informational meeting, absolutely no one showed up. Our next step was to send a ballot to our members for a vote. I haven't been able to find a sample ballot anywhere. Does anyone have one they are willing to share? Any help/guidance is appreciated.
16 years 3 months ago #141540 by tigerfamily5
We are considering changing from PTA to PTO. My biggest concern at this point is our assets and how this change will affect our finances. I've read throught our by-laws but cannot find mntion of any seizure type clause. Any advice? I don't want to ask our state PTA rep. b/c they will then be aware of our concerns.
16 years 3 months ago #141413 by Rockne
Thanks speechmom -

Good reference. Important to note that those pages are not technically the bylaws. I don't have a copy of the California PTA bylaws in front of me, but it's fairly common for the actual bylaws to be quite a bit less overbearing than what groups are told by a state PTA they are supposed to do. And it's the bylaws that run things.

My advice to groups is to follow the letter and spirit of the bylaws as best they can, until/unless 1) the letter of the bylaws are ful of nonsensical roadblocks; or 2) the district or state PTA is particularly rancorous (which we hear about far too often -- groups are not hostages and groups don't "belong" to the PTA).

The reality is that you should air the issues well with your members and only make the change if your membership supports it. That's the spirit of the rules most everywhere.

But if the regs and expectations from PTA are clearly nonsense, there's always a very simple way to get out. Let the year end, spend all your funds, don't have a PTA membership drive the following fall... and don't send in dues in that new year. Funny how no members and no dues pretty much = a disbanded PTA the easy way.


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16 years 3 months ago #141393 by speechmom
Yes, I found the info in my copy of our bylaws and on the toolkit part of the CaPTA website Go to pages 10 & 11 for specifics. It's not that it's hard, but they definitely don't make it easy either with at least two meetings and the presence of the District representative required before you can vote.
16 years 3 months ago #141363 by to be or not
Replied by to be or not on topic RE: Help in Changing from a PTA to a PTO
If you are a PTA, everything you need to know about disbanding is writing your local unit bylaws and your state bylaws. If you do it step by step, it is pretty easily done.
16 years 3 months ago #141354 by to be or not
Replied by to be or not on topic RE: Help in Changing from a PTA to a PTO

I am also in California and a president of a unit PTA. At the urging of many in our unit, including our Principal, we too are looking into disbanning our PTA and becoming a PTO. Where have you found information on doing this?
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