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PTO Information Meeting February 28, 2012. Financial Concerns – Dues going to National PTA and GA PTA. A PTO would be a natural extension of our shift.

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1 PTO Information Meeting February 28, 2012

2 Financial Concerns – Dues going to National PTA and GA PTA. A PTO would be a natural extension of our shift to Direct Giving to keep all money for use at SAE. Flexibility & Independence - Due to PTA restrictions many area schools have a PTA plus an Educational Foundation. The formation of a PTO gives us the flexibility to enrich our school as we see fit with just one Board. Cost / Benefit – Are we benefitting from PTA training or services? No Politics – National PTA is quite active as a lobbying organization. We think it is more appropriate to let SAE families choose what political issues they wish to financially support and keep the parent – teacher group entirely focused on our school and its students. 75% of parent groups across the nation are NOT affiliated with the National PTA. In Georgia, only about 30-45% of parent organizations remain affiliated with the PTA Why are we discussing PTO?

3 Percentage of Schools with PTA Memberships

4 PTAs are formally affiliated with National / State PTA PTOs are independent PTAs require members to pay dues PTOs do not require dues, but if dues are charged, 100% of the dues would stay at the school PTAs strongly encourage political participation ie placing signs out before elections for SPLOST, setting up voter registration tables at events, s telling us to call our State/US Senators and Reps on pending legislation. PTOs do not get involved in politics Differences between PTA & PTO?

5 SAE PTA collects $7.50/PTA member. From that, National PTA gets $2.25/member. Georgia PTA gets $1.00 to be increased to $1.50/member in 2012/13. We have 473 members To date, SAE PTA has paid $ 1533 to Georgia PTA/National PTA for 2011/12 SAE PTA has contributed $150 to North Fulton PTA Chapter for 2011/12 $600 Budgeted for PTA Events and Training. To date, Board members have not expressed interest in attending training and events An estimated $24,000 in dues has been paid to GA/National PTA since the opening of our school 14 years ago. Cost of Belonging to PTA?

6 Invite to annual Georgia PTA Conference (for a fee) Georgia PTA Website of policies and procedures Access to the paid staff of GA PTA and National PTA Local PTA Meetings & Functions Reflections Art Show Discounts offered by PTA on website Benefits of PTA

7 New bylaws which we could modify as we see fit. GA PTA rules severely restrict our ability to create and amend our bylaws. Flexibility in funding initiatives - Capital Improvements, Technology, Salaries, Gift Cards, etc Autonomy in governing events, finances, etc. We would not answer to a higher governing body. We would not charge annual membership dues. All SAE families & employees would be eligible members What would lookdifferent if we had a PTO?

8 Streamlined Operations - Updated treasurer ppwk; fewer VP positions Board members would not be invited / pressured to attend North Fulton PTA or GA PTA events New Art Show if desired We would not engage in political issues What would lookdifferent if we had a PTO?

9 Annual financial audit Term Limits Cash Handling Procedures Nomination Committee (although process/procedure could be streamlined) Remain Engaged in Community Initiatives (Batter Up for North Fulton Charities, Mimosa Valentine Exchange) Examples of things that would be the same….

10 How do you feel about PTO?


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