Hart Considers PTA

Hart's Parent-Faculty Association (PFA), the school booster group, is considering making a change to align the booster group with the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

The PTA issue will be discussed at the next PFA meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 at 8:45 a.m. in the school library. A brief PFA meeting will be held before the PTA discussion starts at 9:30 a.m.

The change to a PTA will be discussed for a few months before a vote will be taken. A date has not yet been set for a vote, but it could be in early 2012 or the spring of 2012.

"We want to get a conversation going," PFA president Zoe Alatorre said. "For the board members, it sounds like a great idea because the PTA offers all kinds of training and classes."

Hart's current PFA is not affiliated with a larger national group. Changing the booster group to a PTA would immediately affiliate the group with a large national group and all of the benefits offered by that group.

One particularly appealing PTA benefit is that financial audits are done every six months. The PFA recently had some issues with tax forms from previous years not being filed properly. Regular audits would keep such mix-ups from occurring or at least from going unnoticed for several years.

Another advantage of the PTA is that incoming board members get training and instructions about how to properly carry out their jobs. Currently, information is simply passed from one board to the next without any formal training.

An affiliation with the National PTA means that Hart would pay dues to the national group each year. Dues are determined by the number of parents who join the PTA. In exchange, Hart would have access to the resources offered by the PTA.

"I would like to get parents involved," Alatorre said. "I want parents to think about it, look into it, research it and come voice your opinions."

Click here for the National PTA website page that outlines why the PTA believes it's beneficial for schools to be affiliated with the National PTA. We encourage parents to browse the PTA website to learn more about the PTA and bring your opinions to the Nov. 28 meeting.

See the file below for a handy info sheet comparing the benefits of the PTA to non-PTA-affiliated groups. Click here for the California PTA website with even more info about the PTA.

Most Pleasanton school booster groups are affiliated with the National PTA. The school district also has a districtwide Pleasanton PTA Council.

Questions? Please contact Zoe Alatorre at zoealatorre@yahoo.com.

Posted Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

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