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Help with new PTO

11 years 3 months ago #148504 by furturestars
Hello everyone, would someone please tell me what makes a PTO official?
11 years 3 months ago #148506 by LUVMYKIDS
Replied by LUVMYKIDS on topic RE: Help with new PTO
Check out the category on Robert's Rules, Bylaws and Legal. You'll find tons of info in that area.

Some PTO's operate under the umbrella of the school, some kind of fly on their own, and some go the "official" route of becoming an IRS recognized 501c3 non-profit organization. All can work-it kind of depends on the goals of your group and what's the best fit for you. Your school's expectations of your group's role can also influence how you operate.

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.
11 years 3 months ago #148542 by furturestars
Replied by furturestars on topic RE: Help with new PTO
Because of our relationship with the princpal who is completely unprofessional we are unclear what her expectations of the group are.

Would you please give me some examples and/or a for instance?
11 years 3 months ago #148551 by LUVMYKIDS
Replied by LUVMYKIDS on topic RE: Help with new PTO
Not sure exactly what you are looking for in the way of examples....

PTO operating under umbrella of school-group organizes volunteers for various events, any funds raised go directly to school for disbursement, group may not have much decision-making power, principal or school district may have more control of group.

Some groups operate more independently: They fundraise, run events/programs, coordinate volunteers in the classrooms, etc. These groups usually have elected boards that lead the group and committees that organize the various activities. The choice can then come in as to whether you file paperwork with the IRS to become a recognized non-profit organization.

I would say that the best place for your group to start would be to sit down and come up with some goals for your group. What things do you want to accomplish within your school? Do you want to fundraise and help purchase educational supplies/equipment? Do you want to coordinate volunteers to help in the classrooms? Do you want to have activities in the school for families? Figuring out your goals will go a long way in helping you determine how formal of a group you will be.

It would be ideal if you could sit down with your principal and let her know what the parents are thinking and get her input on what role she would like to see your group take in the school. I'll tell you right up front: It's a lot easier to operate a parent group in the school if you at least have a courteous, professional relationship with your principal. Reach out in that area.

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.
11 years 3 months ago #148561 by furturestars
Replied by furturestars on topic RE: Help with new PTO
The parents and teachers have a good relationship but no one has a good relationship with the principal. The parent group has meet with her but she treats us like we're not on her level. Just when we think were making progress she throws a wrench in it. The parents have decided to go forward with the election, that's what bring me to this site to ensure were setting up the PTO correctly. I know this is a lot to ask but if you can speak with me directly or direct me to someone who can walk me thru setting up the right PTO for our group we would be forever greatful.

Thanks you,
11 years 3 months ago #148608 by LUVMYKIDS
Replied by LUVMYKIDS on topic RE: Help with new PTO
Are there other schools in your community with parent groups? That might be a great place to get some help. Every school has its' own unique needs and many times those are based on the community in which they exist. Other parent groups in your community would be able to give you relevant advice on how to set up your group. You may even find some resources for how to work out the issues with your principal-maybe there will be someone with some personal knowledge of her that could give you some insight on how to make the relationship work.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have, just post them here and I'll keep an eye out, but I'm afraid that getting directly involved isn't something I can do for you.

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.
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