Getting Organized

PTA boards work as a team to fulfill PTA’s mission and meet your PTA’s specific goals. An active, well-informed board makes your PTA more effective and prevents burnout.

Most boards have at least four officers: a president, a vice president, a treasurer and a secretary. Some PTAs have other, additional officers (for example, vice president of membership, vice president of family programs, vice president of fundraising) and most include chairs of committees on their boards.

The entire board is responsible for your success, but remember, it is not the job of the officers to “do it all.” You will recruit committee chairs and volunteers to help you accomplish each of your PTA’s goals.

The board shares a few, very specific responsibilities. They include the following:

  • Focus on and evaluate your goals. Your board should have overall goals for the year that are in line with PTA’s mission, including membership goals. Regularly assess progress toward those goals.
  • Set the tone. A positive working relationship among your PTA board members is essential for a successful year, and it creates a welcoming environment for the rest of the membership. For more info, see Leading the PTA Way.
  • Know and follow your organization’s bylaws, as well as applicable state and federal laws. These are the rules your PTA will follow.
  • Approve and oversee your budget.
  • Plan for rotation and transition. Your PTA board will grow stronger when you consistently recruit new members and leaders. Know when your term ends, and plan for a smooth transition by saving reports, files and notes for your successors.

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