Members only - Special Voting Meeting - PTA to PTO
Just a reminder of our special meeting on 9/27@ 9 am. Details are below.
The meeting will be: Monday, September 27, 2021 at 9 am online and the voting will take place during the meeting for current members (for members that joined for the 2021-2022 school year). Here is the link to the online meeting - https://wgu.webex.com/meet/brittany.giametta
For the most part, if this change happens, you won’t see much of a difference at all in how our group operates and what we do for the school. We’ll still focus on trying to make GHMS a great community for our kids, teachers and families. There will be some behind-the-scenes/technical changes, but we’ll take care of those at the Board level.
We’ll discuss in more detail at the meeting, but the biggest reasons for the proposed change are:
Keep all dues here at school. You may not know this, but we actually don’t get to keep all of your PTA dues dollars here at school. We have to pay $3.00 (note: county+ state+ national) for each member out to higher levels of PTA. We think we can do better using those dollars right here at school.
Independence. We really haven’t used many/any of the services offered by the PTA for many years now and feel like we can do just as well as we have been doing (or even better) as a PTO. PTOs are independent, and we can set policies and procedures that work specifically for our school. We’ve found good alternatives for the few PTA resources that we have been taking advantage of including our current website.
No politics. While we don’t talk about it much here at school, the PTA is actually pretty active as a lobbying organization. We don’t have any particular problem with the positions the PTA lobbies for, but we’ve found that focusing on serving our school and building community (and staying away from politics) is more what we’re looking for here at GHMS.
As always, hope you can join us at the meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of our Board members anytime.