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How much control DOES the principal have??

17 years 3 weeks ago #96989 by julrey
I need some help from experienced PTO'ers.I am the vice president on a "virgin" executive board. Our elementary school principal seems to think he is the "boss" of the PTO. He wants to tell the PTO how, when, where, why, and what to spend PTO money on. It is a very antagonistic relationship between him and some of the board members. What we, the PTO executive board, need is info(especially written from news articles) and advice on how to handle this situation. How do other PTO's handle a pushy principal? :D
17 years 3 weeks ago #96990 by chic*mom
Replied by chic*mom on topic How much control DOES the principal have??
This really depends on if your principal holds a board position on your PTO. Our dose not, she attends our meetings and answers questions that need her input, but dose not tell us how to spend our funds. That is what a regular ed budget is for, the principal to spend.

When a principal starts telling a PTO, PTA or Parent Club how to spend their money he or she is then controling all "school" funds, and isn't a PTo's role to improve the school with extra things (like enrichment classes, field trips, assemblies, carnivals etc..)that can not be funded through the regular budget! This is what we do anyway! [img]tongue.gif
17 years 3 weeks ago #96991 by Rockne
Hi Julrey -

Our most recent cover story...

http://www.ptotoday.com/0802principals.html

...looks at this very issue.

Tim

PTO Today Founder
17 years 3 weeks ago #96992 by CougarPrez
Replied by CougarPrez on topic How much control DOES the principal have??
We work closely with our principal, but are not controlled by her. Here are some tips that have improved our working relationship.
1) Everything we do for the school is in writing and is approved by our principal.
2) At the beginning of the year, the principal submits a teacher's wish list with the items prioritized. We then prioritize this list when determining our spending goals
for the year.
3) I try to meet regularly with the president off line to exchange ideas and build a relationship.
4) To encourage our principal to come to the meetings, I schedule the principal in the beginning of our meetings so she can share and leave if she needs to.
5) We are open to teachers approaching us for needs, but we ask that all the teachers have the principal sign off on their requests, so she is included.

It has taken me three years to build a good working relationship with our principal. Communication is key and it takes time to build trust. Our principal knows that
we are here to support the school, the staff, and the teachers.
Good luck.
17 years 3 weeks ago #96993 by <justme>
Replied by <justme> on topic How much control DOES the principal have??
<blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by julrey:
I need some help from experienced PTO'ers.I am the vice president on a "virgin" executive board. Our elementary school principal seems to think he is the "boss" of the PTO. He wants to tell the PTO how, when, where, why, and what to spend PTO money on. It is a very antagonistic relationship between him and some of the board members. What we, the PTO executive board, need is info(especially written from news articles) and advice on how to handle this situation. How do other PTO's handle a pushy principal? :D <hr></blockquote>
4 months 2 weeks ago #173101 by Concerned board member!
Replied by Concerned board member! on topic How much control DOES the principal have??
Can a new principal change the bylaws? And can they have control over anything to do with PTO? Our new principal has changed the bylaws and is making it difficult for us to do anything!!! Please answer my question?
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